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idiosyncratic-routine:

via ericmortensen via daringfireball:

Over the last few months I’ve noticed an annoying trend on various web sites, generally major newspaper and magazine sites, but also certain weblogs. What happens is that when you select text from these web pages, the site uses JavaScript to report what you’ve copied to an analytics server and append an attribution URL to the text. So, for example, if I were using this “service” here on Daring Fireball, and you selected the first sentence of this article, copied it, then switched to another app to paste the text you just copied, instead of pasting just the sentence you selected and intended to copy, you’d instead get:

Over the last few months I’ve noticed an annoying trend on various web sites, generally major newspaper and magazine sites, but also certain weblogs.

Read more: http://daringfireball.net/2010/05/tyntcopypaste_jerks/#ixzz0oyLiD4Qh

All of this nonsense — the attribution appended to copied text, the inline search results popovers — is from a company named Tynt, which bills itself as “The copy/paste company”.

It’s a bunch of user-hostile SEO bullshit.

What I’ve chosen to do is edit my /etc/hosts file to block access system-wide to the tcr.tynt.com server. This is the server from which the Tynt JavaScript code is served to all its “partners”.

127.0.0.1   tcr.tynt.com

(Find your hosts file)

After saving the hosts file, Tynt’s clipboard-altering nonsense is disabled on all Tynt-using websites I’ve encountered, no matter which browser I use.

This has been popping up and annoying me more and more lately, but I hadn’t yet thought to do anything about it. Quick fix; good call.

I too notice this happening, I can’t begrudge the content providers trying to generate traffic for their sites, times are tough and these businesses are desperate. I delete the added text.

The practice raises another concern for me, what else could third party servers be inserting, how much power does JavaScript or jQuery have over our computer? Is your PC or MAC silently being colonized by unknown online agencies for profit?

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  1. modernhorse reblogged this from ericmortensen
  2. tsparks reblogged this from idiosyncratic-routine and added:
    I too notice this happening, I can’t begrudge the content providers trying to generate traffic for their sites, times...
  3. idiosyncratic-routine reblogged this from ericmortensen and added:
    via ericmortensen via daringfireball: This has been popping up and annoying me more and more lately, but I hadn’t yet...
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