In response to the geek media backlash, Microsoft seems to
be backpedaling from its Smart Tag blitzkrieg of the
Innurnet -- site maintainers can insert a meta tag at the
top of their HTML to opt out.
Smart Tags are the logical next step of "embracing and extending" Internet
standards. As previously
reported, Microsoft wants to rewrite the entire Web, page by page, and
insert links to partner advertisers, without the original site maintainers'
permission or control.
So, in order to save your site and retain your journalistic integrity, drop
this tag into all (yes, all) of your pages:
This will stop Microsoft from burrowing into your home page like the wily candiru . But when
it comes down to it, nobody should be truly surprised by this development.
After all, Smart Tags are just delivering on the threat of "Where do you want
to go today?"