why is this a hot webdev take 

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why is this a hot webdev take 

hiding URLs from the user may look much cleaner but only because the corporate web loves making their URLs incomprehensible by tacking on a disgusting amount of query params for tracking and other purposes, as well as just not having good site architectures

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why is this a hot webdev take 

it pains me to say this but YouTube is a very good example of what to actually do (excepting the prohibitively long gibberish base64 channel names). people know how to just edit a URL to make it start at a time, or set it to HQ in the old days with &fmt=18

why is this a hot webdev take 

watch. google is going to start doing the AMP thing on desktop where google is serving the page and tracking -every last click- but it LOOKS like you're on the actual site you wanna go

stop using chrome, at least use firefox which only passively antagonizes you in easily controllable ways

chrome has successfully rooted itself as the de facto web browser and now the main application we use, as was clearly the intention from the outset, and now we're seeing exactly what google had in mind with what they intended to do with that power

reminder that google is probably still trying to kill the internal systems that adblockers use, replacing them with a gutted version for the sake of "performance" and "security"

i get it, from an outside perspective getting this mad about Chrome hiding URLs seems a little ridiculous, but they are the building blocks of basically the whole Internet supposedly for sake of making the web more friendly, when we have all the reason in the world to suspect they're taking average users further from the metal so they don't hear the grinding noises when Google and other ad companies start doing nefarious shit with it

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I am so confused. How the heck is hiding URLs more user-friendly even superficially? Sharing URLs *is* user-friendly!

This is a cyberspace version of the thing where Apple tried to spin getting rid of the headphone jack as “user-friendly”.

Sometimes I cannot believe that anyone would lie as blatantly as tech companies do, which is unfortunate because while I’m still reeling from their last lie they’ve moved onto an even bigger one.

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