John Gruber on the annoying use of Tynt on certain high-trafficked web sites:
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.
Everyone knows how copy and paste works. You select text. You copy. When you paste, what you get is exactly what you selected. The core product of the “copy/paste company” is a service that breaks copy and paste.
He goes on to offer a simple, easy-to-implement trick to disable Tynt on all web sites in one fell swoop. It took me a mere five seconds to do and works like a charm.
Any web site believing they can get away with bullshit tactics like this does not deserve to be visited. I am not certain what these sites believe they are getting out of using a service of this nature. Seems much more counterproductive than anything.