Google under fire over autolinking

Commentary — Microsoft didn’t get away with autolinking. Google probably won’t either. Nevertheless, the future of hyperlinks lies in autolinking.

Quoting the ZDNet story:

Google’s browser toolbar for Internet Explorer is raising eyebrows over a feature that inserts new hyperlinks in web pages, giving the internet search provider a powerful tool to funnel traffic to destinations of its choice.

It is sad that this idea sparks such a hostile reaction, even though I’m aware of the privacy concerns when Google is taking care of it. I think the future of hyperlinks, of document indexing and of data mining is to let whichever search engine we are using perform a contextual search on the data we selected. More on this some other time.