Ironic point by a Google employee: I don’t know which is more ironic. A Google employee using a Microsoft’s employee’s weblog to make the point about Autolink…or the Google employee’s point:
“…if you don’t like what the toolbar does…do not use it. You have a choice.”
The irony is that if publishers of websites (including bloggers) don’t like what the toolbar does to their content, they still have to use it…they have no choice (or, at least not one that Google provides.) If Google wants to do the right thing, they can start with some opt-out assistance for publishers along the lines of what they provide people who don’t want their residential phone numbers to show up on Google.