Google’s nasty Autolink.

Tim Bray’s Comments are really good on the commercial aspect. But I feel angry and scared for another reason. Yesterday I was explaining this Google evil to someone and I realised just how I could be personally affected. I’d want to stop using the Net if I saw my writing on someone’s computer and it had links in there (no matter what colour or shape) pointing to things I did not point to! To me it would feel like a total invasion, like the day I came home and burglars had been in the house and fouled it up and opened all the Christmas presents. A sort of rape really, though I don’t mean to de-value actual physical rape. Google – do not violate my expression! Do not destroy the Internet. We (users on the net) have linked to Google voluntarily many billions of times – appreciate that and keep it so that we want to.

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