Whose Web is this anyway?

7 03 2005

Google toolbarThinking about the recent controversy about Google Toolbar's Autolink feature, and seeing what people are doing with http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/ and the like, I am starting to wonder whether we, as web authors, should be prepared to relinquish a certain amount of control into the hand of our readers. Not that I think Autolink is a Good Thing™ — I actually tend to side with Dave, Robert and Tim on this issue — but probably the door has already been open to modification of our content by the users for a long time and there's not much we can do about it.

And we ain't seen nothing yet.

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