Butler rewrites Google pages and adds functionality
- removes ads on most Google pages
- fixes fonts on most Google pages
- Google web search:
- adds links to other search sites ("Try your search on...")
- in news results, adds links to other news sites
- in movie results, adds links to other movie sites
- in weather results, adds links to other weather sites
- in product results, adds links to other product sites
- Google image search:
- adds links to other image/photo/art sites
- Google News:
- adds links to other news sites
- adds links to other product sites
- Google Print:
- Removes image copying restrictions
- adds links to other book sites
- Google Toolbar Firefox page:
- adds links to other Firefox-friendly toolbars
Is it Spyware?
Mark asks if it's spyware? Why no, it's not!
No, Butler is not spyware. It does not track the pages you visit, display ads, hijack Amazon affiliate links, log keystrokes, steal passwords, set cookies, "phone home," or install any bundled software on your computer. It is simply a Firefox script that modifies a few Google services in ways that I find useful. If you don't like it, you can easily uninstall it.
Will Google Love it?
Of course they will, it's for the user right? and it seems to me that if those people want to block Google Ads and rearrange the pages, and if they want to go to other engines then they were going to do that anyway right Marissa?
This is cleary an attack on Google's widely condemed Autolink feature that allows users to change links on your pages to those chosen by Google. Google still have not deigned to take part in the discussion and frankly, Marissa Mayers comments on the subject were insulting at best. You can find links to code that disables Autolink here.