URL shortening services: my experience

A good post from Joshua Schachter about URL shortening services.

For what it’s worth, I ran into the unwanted-interstitial risk. At one stage, before I’d bothered registering jmason.org, sitescooper.taint.org or my other domains, I used a URL-shortening service to provide a memorable, short URL for an open-source application I wrote — http://zap.to/snarfnews/.

At some point a few years down the line, the forwarding process started accreting ads; eventually they became soft-porn in content, and I was forced to apologise to users for the forwarding I could no longer control!

By now, 10 years down the line, it seems to hijack the page entirely, returning a page in Cyrillic I can’t even read :( (apparently it’s a page of Flash games; thanks, Alexandr Ciornii, for the interpretation!)

Anyway, lesson learned.

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  1. Posted April 5, 2009 at 23:46 | Permalink

    It’s page with flash games.

  2. Posted April 6, 2009 at 09:45 | Permalink

    thanks Alexandr! good to know

  3. Posted April 6, 2009 at 12:42 | Permalink

    Did you see http://my.longurl.net News are written at Constructive Code portal.

    It is web service for URL shortening but you can put your own ad at the top. You can put ad link for your site or some affiliate link code. You can also buy cheap target traffic (ad showing by keywords).


  4. Posted April 7, 2009 at 14:27 | Permalink

    For all of the paranoids out there :-), I created a Yahoo Pipe which expands the short URL’s that can be found in it. You can find it at: http://hype-free.blogspot.com/2009/03/twitter-content.html

  5. Posted April 16, 2009 at 02:43 | Permalink

    We recently launched a new website that provides a URL shortening service for multiple websites:


    Viewista creates a short URL for “multiple” websites. Plus, you can view the multiple sites all at once. We think it can be a real time-saver. You can also post comments on the sites and share with your friends, making it a social URL sharing service. Viewista can be particularly useful on Twitter because a user can create a short URL for multiple sites on a topic without having to use multiple tweets.