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Subject: Re: Is this somehow possible??
From: for_spam_at_gmx.de
Date: 2003-06-18


hi !
actually, i find such service is crap.
the web is full of broken links and lost references - and services like this
one add another "layer" of link-complexity.

let me give an example:

if you reference a link say
"http://some.site.com/somedir/somesubdir/somefile.html
and this link is being dead one day - there is some chances left, that you
get to your information, though.
you could try start browsing at the parent directory, you could write an
email to the webmaster,
you could search via a searchengine for this link being referenced elsewhere
and there could be found some information that it has moved and where it has
moved to ......

now think of services like tinyurl:
the original url is hidden and you get an alias. the original url is stored
on the server.
maybe that server is being unavailable suddenly. maybe because of a crash.
or because of the
service being discontinued. maybe because the company is out of business or
being sold one day.....we
know how fast things move nowadays.
whooops. one more million broken links on the web - just at a single
blow.... and no chance to get them
back. shure, we cannot contact the author, who posted that link, anymore -
because his email is expired, too... :D
besides that, there is a chance, that companies running such services do
analysis of the data they collect - every tinurl-click maybe being
counted,logged,analysed,sold or whatelse. bigbrother is watching you - think of that ! :D

stop that "http-redirect-me-to-the-death-madness" on the web!

just my €0.02
regards
roland

> On Tue, 17 Jun 2003 17:19:44 -0500, Eugenio Perea wrote:
> >That is _really_ cool, thanks. No wonder I've recently seen a lot of
> >tinyurl.com links. Does anybody know how this works? I assume they store
> > the real URL on their server and redirect each request. I wonder how
> >long each URL works?
>
> >>From the main page:
>
> Are you sick of posting URLs in emails only to have it break when sent
> causing the recipient to have to cut and paste it back together? Then
> you've come to the right place. By entering in a URL in the text field
> below, we will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings
> and NEVER EXPIRES.
>
> The capitalization is mine. :)
>
> Never is a pretty long time...
>
> Chris
>

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