Update: This post, initially titled “No more nofollow-insane at Google Reader”, then updated as “(No) more nofollow-insane at Google Reader”, accused Google Reader of inserting nofollow crap. I apologize for my lazy and faulty bug report. Read the comments.
I fell in love with Yahoo pipes because that tool allowed me to funnel the tidbits contained in a shitload of noise into a more or less clear signal. Instead of checking hundreds of blog feeds, search query feeds and whatever else, I was able to feed my preferred reader with actual payload extracted from vast loads of paydirt digged from lots of sources.
Now that I’ve learned that Yahoo pipes is evil I guess I must code the filters myself. Nofollow insane is not acceptable. Nofollow madness jeopardizes the integrity of the Internet which is based on free linkage. I don’t need no stinking link condoms sneakily forced by nice looking tools utilizing nifty round corners. I’ll be way happier with a crappy and uncomfortable PHP hack feeded with OPML files and conditions pulled from a manually edited MySQL table.
Here is the evidence right from the Yahoo pipe output:
Also, abusing my links with target=”_blank” is not nice.
Initial post and its first update:
I’m glad Google has removed the auto-nofollow on links in blog posts. When I add a feed I trust its linkage and I don’t need no stinking condoms on pages nobody except me can see unless I share them. Thanks!
Update - Nick Baum, can you hear me?
It seems the nofollow-madness is not yet completely buried. Here is a post of mine and what Google Reader shows me when I add my blog’s feed:
And here is the same post filtered thru a Yahoo pipe:
So please tell me: why does Google auto-nofollow a link to Vanessa Fox when she gets linked via Yahoo, and uncondomizes the link from Google’s very own blogspot dot dom? Curious …
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