Google showing signs of evil

Google has released a new version of the Google Toolbar which has a controversial ‘feature’ called AutoLink.

Essentially, the AutoLink feature goes through the content of the site you’re viewing and inserts links on specific words like ISBN numbers, street addresses, automobile VIN, etc.

I completely disagree with this feature being added to their software. It eliminates the editorial control that developers must have on their pages and gives some to Google.

Microsoft tried this back in the day with SmartTags. There was an outcry. It failed.

Google, please don’t be evil. I love you too much.

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