rlange - 8:00 pm on Jun 30, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: rlange at 8:10 pm (utc) on Jun 30, 2011]
I have to admit that I don't see the reason for your reaction. It seems that not clicking on the things would be just as effective.
My choice is to not co-operate with what I consider unhealthy trends.
To each their own, but I really don't see how simply allowing a site to display these widgets is in any way "cooperating" with the trend. I would think that allowing these widgets to be displayed and not clicking on them would send a much clearer message of "I acknowledge your existence and refuse to participate."
(I have no doubt that Google and Twitter track a loads-to-clicks ratio, although it would probably be difficult to differentiate between "not clicking because the content is uninteresting" and "not clicking because I disapprove of your widget".)
[edited by: rlange at 8:10 pm (utc) on Jun 30, 2011]