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Widget wars!
By Dave Winer on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM.

This is too funny not to say something. #

A few days ago I installed a widget that makes it easy to follow me on Twitter. When I looked at it in Firebug I was surprised at how they did it. They basically framed the whole page, just to get a tiny little thing in there. What are they doing? I have no clue. I don't like it. It looks nefarious. I like technology that, when I lift the hood, looks simple and understandable. #

But what the fuck. Everyone else is doing it. I'll let it be for a while.  #

Then this morning I saw this where it's supposed to show the number of Twitter followers. #

I clicked, and sure enough I could type some text.  #

Hello. How did that happen?  #

And how is that even possible? #

As I said, I'm laughing about this because it's funny. We've been to this place so many times. Conflicting plug-ins. It's a sign of an architecture that people are pushing farther than it was capable of going.  #

Maybe it's because they don't like my browser? I have no idea. #

But maybe it's time to get rid of all the hitchers, and just stick plain old HTML. :-) #

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