Down with tinyurl! (was Re: importing excel data into a python matrix?)
usenet-nospam at seebs.net
Mon Sep 20 07:10:05 CEST 2010
On 2010-09-20, Tim Harig <usernet at ilthio.net> wrote:
> On 2010-09-20, Seebs <usenet-nospam at seebs.net> wrote:
>> * No hint as to what site you'll be getting redirected to.
> Tinyurl, in particular, allows you to preview the url if you choose to do
> so. Other URL shortning services have a similar feature.
I have no idea how. If I see a "tinyurl" URL, and I paste it into
a browser, last I tried it, I ended up on whatever page it redirected
>> * No cues from URL as to what the link is to.
> Same point as above. Same solution.
I'm not reading news in a web browser. I don't want to have to cut
and paste and go look at a page in order to determine whether I want to
switch to my browser.
>> * If the service ever goes away, the links become pure noise.
> This happens a lot on the web anyway.
> Do you have any idea how many
> pieces of free software are first hosted on university servers to
> disappear when the author graduates/moves to another school or free
> shared host servers that have to be moved due to lack of scalability?
> Sourceforge solved much of this problem; but, then if sourceforge should
> ever disappear, all of its links will be pure noise as well.
This is true.
But two points of failure strikes me as worse than one. :)
> The simple fact is that the Internet changes. It changed before URL
> shortening services came into the mainstream and it will be true long
> after they have left.
I'm not particularly convinced that these are *significant* complaints
about URL-shorteners. But I will say, of the last couple hundred links
I've followed from Usenet posts, precisely zero of them were through
URL redirectors. If I can't at least look at the URL to get some
initial impression of what it's a link to, I'm not going to the trouble
of swapping to a web browser to find out.
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