Saturday, February 19, 2005

uh oh, is autolink a page from gator's playbook?

i just realized (and it's been pointed out by various other people around the web) that if you're browsing at barnes and noble and you click the autolink button, it turns the ISBN number into a link to amazon. i'm sure amazon is thrilled by this, but i would have to say that it sounds eerily similar to's offercompanion program. widely regarded as spyware, offercompanion would sometimes pop up ads for competitors while users were browsing and making purchases at other sites.

while doing this might be legal, i would have to say that when i checked it out it made me a bit uneasy.


Blogger Gerardo said...

And the motto of Google is "Don't be evil" heh

2/19/2005 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Barlas said...

I have heard that from other sources too :/

2/19/2005 09:00:00 PM  
Blogger SA Sport said...

lots of webmasters are gonna lose sales due to this 'feature' ... I hope google rethinks things and cans the autolink, or they will be in my bad books.

3/01/2005 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Dominic Muren said...

It's a really cool feature. Maybe users could just be allowed to assign their favorite shopping sites, rather than relying on solely Amazon.

3/04/2005 02:54:00 PM  
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