Active Browsing denotes a growing set of technologies including Greasemonkey
, and some of their IE equivalents (like Turnabout
). They allow the user to run client-side scripts which manipulate a user's experience on a particular webpage.
The web-surfer is no longer the passive consumer of a website, but can bend the site to his/her will. chmod 777 web
, indeed.So What?
Take a few of the apps
for a test-drive, and you quickly see why Nivi says Greasemonkey will blow your mind.
The flagship greasemonkey app, the one that first blew my mind, is called BookBurro
. It allows you to comparison shop - automatically
- right there
on the webpage. It does not take too much imagination to see that as the technology gains wider adoption, it will have a dramatic effect on how we use the web.So what's going on?
I will address Marvin Gaye's eternal question in coming posts.