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A Pox on TinyURL™ links
Authored by: Phosphor on Jul 05, '06 03:30:15PM
"I love Tiny URLs for two reasons:...(2) they hide the address and then make it more surprising for the reader to open the URL."
Reason number 2 is the exact reason loathe TinyURL links, specifically when they aren't accompanied by some bit of descriptive text about where the link will be taking me.

I don't like the fact that the true destination is obfuscated in both the pasted link and in your browser window's status bar. The majority of the time if I'm on a forum or site where I don't really know or trust the person dropping a TinyURL link (sans description) I won't even bother clicking through at all.

For my money a much better choice is urlx.org. The shortened bookmark it creates at least has some identifying information about where the casual clicker will end up.

For example, is there much of a question about where the following url(x) link is going to take you?

    http://urlx.org/macosxhints.com/c8b48
Go check out urlx.org. They also have a little bookmarklet for your browser toolbar.

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