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9 responses to “The Problem with URL Shorteners: ow.ly Server Errors”

  1. Lihsa

    After one of my readers complained about me using HootSuite’s ow.ly links (he thought the framing raised some copyright issues), I asked HootSuite about giving me the option to remove it.

    They responded that the ability to move the frame will be an option in their “premium” account, meaning that you will have to pay for it.

    By the way, the HootSuite tool bar has been in place as long as I have been using it, which is for 3 months.

  2. Angie Haggstrom

    The other beef with services such as Ow.ly that many haven’t mentioned is the fact that they are making money off content that doesn’t belong to them. Google Adsense for example. Shouldn’t web owners get a cut? At least those who do not want to share their content?

  3. mlstotts

    See Doctrow’s  and Kottke’s  issues with URL shorteners generally – seems like a good feature for tweetdeck to develop (showing and saving all full URLs in your twitterfeed without you having to click through the services.

  4. Espen Antonsen

    Angie: Which URL shortening services display ads? From what I can see it seems to be focused on gaining visitors to their own site as well as provide additional features. I.e. DiggBar.

    mlstotts: I use Nambu (OSX Twitter client) and it will automatically expand short URLs. For all URLs it will just display the domain name while it will show a tooltip with the full original URL in addition to the short URL.

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  6. Zoli Erdos

    Ironicly several readers are now finding this post via an ow.ly URL: http://ow.ly/2RQH :-)

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  8. Hugo Mugo

    1. Thou shalt not FRAME my URL.

    2. Thou shalt not display any advertisements during the redirection of my URL.

    3. Thou shalt not promote additional information during the redirection of my URL.

    http://www.url360.me/commandments.html

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