Saturday, July 6, 2013

The lesson I've learned about URL-shorteners

It goes without saying that when tweeting links, it's a good idea to use URL shorteners, in view of Twitter's 140 character limit.
But if you're ever going to reuse the tweets, you should be very discriminating about which URL-shortening service to use.
I've shortened a lot of links with different URL-shortening services, not concerning myself with the company's pedigree. Big mistake.
A few weeks ago I learned that all of my links don't work, and just discovered that my links are often no good either.
So I've been going through the very painstaking work of converting them to links (Google's URL-shortening service. I figure if Google goes out of business, then the internet will probably have gone out of business).
I've converted all the links, but have hundreds and hundreds of links to go through. Some of the links work, but most do not, so I have to test each one, and replace the non-working ones.
If you come across one of my links to a YouTube video which doesn't work, you can try searching for the name and singer in my playlists, find the playlist that has the recording, and go to that video.
And if you ever come to any link that doesn't work, either because the shortened link doesn't work, or because the video has been taken down, deleted, made private, etc.... please tweet me about it so I can update the link.


  1. Well, it's good that you are using google's shortener for another reason. It's whitelisted by, which means whatever you link to won't get automatically flagged as a malware/phishing/scam/spam site, if someone retweets your link and reshortens it with, and you will be doing your part to prevent reputation damage by an irresponsible company.

    I went through hell with (see here: )And they really haven't fixed the problem in all this time. They can't do something as simple as not allowing reshortening, like

    Note: the original shortener I had used, mentioned in my blog post, has since gone under, probably in no small part by the reputation damage caused by the whole fiasco.

    1. Thanks for the info, App. People are always complaining about links, which is one of the reasons I stopped using them a long long time ago.


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