Michael Gartenburg has a blog posting entitled Is Google doing what Microsoft couldn't with their new search bar?  where he writes

As Yogi would say, "it's deja vous, all over again". When Google introduced the newest version if their toolbar, it seems they added a feature that sounds very similar to what Microsoft wanted to do with SmartTags. Apparently the new software will create links in web text that will send you back to Google sites or sites of their choosing. If I recall correctly, there was a huge outcry over the SmartTag feature. Even petitions. How come there is no outcry here? Is it because Google does no evil?

Like I said yesterday, who needs a new browser to do stuff like this when you can co-opt IE with a toolbar?

This is one of the key differences between Google and Microsoft; perception. I am glad to see Google imitating one of Microsoft's innovations from a few years ago. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As can be expected Dave Winer is already on the offensive.

Personally, I can't wait to see how much cognitive dissonance this causes the Slashdot crowd.


Thursday, February 17, 2005 8:28:31 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Oh, it's tailor-made for /.: just like all the people screaming about it in their blogs, /.ers will either not have a Windows computer, or not be willing to take the 90 seconds to RTFA, er, install the toolbar and actually see what it does for themselves. "Teh Google is eval!!1! Theyre stealing my Amazon affiliate linkz!" Looking forward to it, in my sick, "everything in the world has gone to hell, might as well wallow in it" way.
Friday, February 18, 2005 11:01:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It was pointed out on /. that this can be seen as different because the Google toolbar isn't included in anything (3rd party product) and the user has to click the button to get the linkification rather than it being automatic.
Scott B.
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