July 2008

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The danger of bit.ly

14 Jul 2008

I’m certainly not the first to mention news of bit.ly, a new URL shortening service, but I’d like to look at it from a different angle. While I applaud most of what bit.ly is trying to here, especially in terms of data capture and availability, there’s a fundamental flaw in their design: if shortened URLs are permanent (which they clearly should be, if their data collection is to be of any long-term value), users MUST NOT be able to specify them explicitly.