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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Smart Tags/ AutoLink Connection

Steve Rubel writes:

“Robert Scoble left a comment on my last post that Jeff Reynar at Google is behind the Google Toolbar’s controversial new Autolink feature. Ironically, he’s the same person who was behind the similar SmartTag feature that Microsoft tried to build into IE. Reynar co-authored Microsoft’s Smart Tag FAQ in 2001 and his home page identifies him as a current Google program manager.”

On a related note, Google Watch suggests to use <a>empty</a> anchor tags to defeat Google’s “link hijacking.”

Donate to Kottke

I’m a Kottke micropatron

Jason Kottke of the popular blog is asking for donations – he quit his job to become a full-time blogger:

“I’m asking the regular readers of (that’s you!) to become micropatrons of by contributing a moderate sum of money to help enable me to edit/write/design/code the site for one year on a full-time basis. If you find valuable in any way, please consider giving whatever you feel is appropriate.”


Vimeo is Flickr for videos – a tagged social gallery. [Via Kottke at Feeeds.]

Chat Update

There are several improvements for the Sunset chat bar today:

This, and several small improvements. If you have further suggestions please post in the forum.


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