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Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the we-can-do-that-too dept.

Google 244

Anonymusing writes "Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right? Google seems to think so, and it's making its own widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free. As noted on its blog: 'There are many shorteners out there with great features, so some people may wonder whether the world really needs yet another. As we said late last year, we built goo.gl with a focus on quality. With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working. You also know that when you click a goo.gl shortened URL, you're protected against malware, phishing and spam using the same industry-leading technology we use in search and other products.' Is bit.ly shaking in its boots?"

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complete with tracking and statistics (5, Insightful)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753842)

As in, one more place where Google gets to track you and make you a statistic.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (4, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753888)

You have a point... as the goo.gl site says "All goo.gl URLs and click analytics are public and can be shared by anyone."

Then again, it's the first URL shortening site that has a too-big-to-fail company behind it so we don't have to worry about a tr.im-like shutdown threat.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753946)

I'm thinking more of the tracking that they may do without releasing to the public. Or their ability to aggregate this data with their many other tracking/statistics pieces. They aren't doing this just to be nice ya'know!

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754058)

They are doing it to make money, egads!!

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (4, Insightful)

beakerMeep (716990) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754518)

It's not just the tracking that's bad, it's all the problems that come with having an extra middle man and not being able to see what you are clicking. Certainly Google doesn't protect everyone from all malware that shows up in search results, there's no reason to think they can here (I think they do a good job considering, but malware is still hugely pervasive). It also breaks the move to a more semantic web. Just look at Slashdot's URL for this story and you can see what the story is about, what category it's in and when it was posted.

interesting blog post i read a few months back about some of the pitfalls [schachter.org]

In my opinion URL shortening is bad for the web, and bad for usability. It's also something pretty easily created by any website on their own if they really need it.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754044)

It still brakes the readability of URLs (yes, it's usually far from perfect anyway, but the domain at least tells something); well, I guess this one might be slightly less evil, also in the mentioned stats gathering, right?...

(or allowing one to see the target url, assuming you're logged into Google Account of course)

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (4, Funny)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754084)

Am I doing this right? http://goo.gl/ [hugeurl.com]

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (-1, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754330)

No, you do it like this [goo.gl] - which just goes to show that there's literally a gaping hole in their latest product, same as all url shorteners.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754342)

Well, there's a better one to tolerate: http://goo.gl/ [zombieurl.com]

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

beakerMeep (716990) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754406)

I clicked your link and it asked me to input "brainz"

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754480)

I just got a phishing warning...

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 4 years ago | (#33754548)

brakes

http://goo.gl/3YQc [goo.gl]

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754072)

google has killed of plenty of products from acquired companies. They've also killed of plenty of their own projects.

Too big to fail? (1)

apparently (756613) | about 4 years ago | (#33754806)

Unless you're of the opinion that if google were to go bankrupt, it would take the US economy down with it, I don't think that expression means what you think it means.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

slash.dt (701002) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754076)

Won't affect me - I never click on any shortened link. If I can't see if it goes to the site that I am intending to go to, I won't click it. Unfortunately lots of people do click on these links and then wonder why they get virus and malware. If google can make the links safer that would be good but I still plan to avoid them.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (0, Troll)

gmiernicki (1621899) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754156)

They do you idiot! RTFA!

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (-1, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754282)

If google can make the links safer that would be good but I still plan to avoid them.

They do you idiot! RTFA!

There's a gaping hole [goo.gl] in your argument.

I created it less than an hour ago, and it seems to be popular - already 232 clicks. Just remember, its "mill" spelled backwards and the two middle letters upper-cased.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (2, Interesting)

nigelo (30096) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754332)

Please mod parent down - it's NSFW.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

monkeySauce (562927) | about 4 years ago | (#33754712)

Speak for yourself, I work at a strip club!

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754352)

Thank god for the Better Privacy plugin as it warned me where it was redirecting to first...

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (3, Informative)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754434)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/162021/ [mozilla.org]

This Firefox add-on (Their homepage http://long-shore.com/ [long-shore.com] has Opera and Chrome support as well) allowed me to hover the link and see that it was a Goatse link.

Very useful.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (2, Interesting)

WCguru42 (1268530) | about 4 years ago | (#33754706)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/162021/ [mozilla.org]

This Firefox add-on (Their homepage http://long-shore.com/ [long-shore.com] has Opera and Chrome support as well) allowed me to hover the link and see that it was a Goatse link.

Very useful.

My unrivaled intellect allowed me to know that it was a Goatse link as the poster was trying to make a point and the link name was "gaping hole." Not sure why the Troll mod as his point is valid and anyone dumb enough to click a link with that text on it shouldn't be on the internet.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

heypete (60671) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754190)

And?

There's plenty of competitors who offer similar shortening services who also track users and generate statistics.

Personally, I think the tracking/statistics is kinda neat. For example, the link http://goo.gl/d2dh [goo.gl] points to http://www.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] , and the info page is available at http://goo.gl/info/d2dh [goo.gl] -- I like the fact that they create a QR code for the shortened URL, which makes it easy to share with mobile users (no need to separately generate the code).

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (5, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754442)

The best one? try cr4p [goo.gl] - it links to Facebook. Easy to remember, and pretty descriptive.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754256)

Wth? I tried it and all it did was lengthen the URL [goo.gl] Read why it was discontinued. Getting the ability to track who is clicking on what must be worth a lot of money, because I'm sure that Google has done their homework.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1)

heypete (60671) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754338)

Well, Google *does* have a substantial database of malicious sites, spammers, etc. that they already use in their SafeBrowsing API that browsers like Chrome and Firefox use.

Presumably they'd be able to block the vast majority of such sites and check at intervals to ensure that linked sites remain non-malicious.

Re:complete with tracking and statistics (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754528)

This is actually rather clever. You get to build your bookmark collection, sort of, but with a twist that the statistics are shared.
Suppose there a N people who have many of your links collected. Can they be considered people like you? Can your searches
be refined with their statistics? Can you invite them as friends? Can you say social networking?

So the information could be quite valuable, provided people use it that way. If they don't, it'll still work as a standalone service.

But that's not all. They could eventually enhance the service to implement cached shortened pages, which would serve as a
basic wayback machine. Well, who knows. Point is they engage *real* people to provide feedback and a metric of worthiness.

I Am Not a Number (2, Insightful)

handy_vandal (606174) | about 4 years ago | (#33754686)

I am not a number!

I am the aggregate of a huge array of numbers!

So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse.fr (0)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753846)

- and tubgirl, etc?

Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (1, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753874)

http://goo.gl/lLIm [goo.gl]

Works like a charm!

First goatse.fr goo.gl post!

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753934)

Let's put the Google Instant censorship team on this one quick...

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754216)

Enter key is hard bro.

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753948)

Considering that protecting people from this is supposedly the advantage wth. Also, possibly the only time someone has a chance at +5 informative for posting goatse.

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754046)

I was hoping for the elusive +5 Troll, rarer than a Sasquatch, Nessie, or a lawyer or politician with his hands in his own pockets :-)

The great thing is that, unlike most shortened urls, this one is fairly easy to remember. "mill" spelled backwards, with the middle two letters upper-case.

we built goo.gl with a focus on quality. With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working.

I'm not so sure about the "quality" part :-)

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (0, Redundant)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754220)

I'd mod you down if I hadn't posted yet, my bad.

Also, I've got terrible memory (diagnosed) but I can still manage 3~5 letters....

Your goatse link also made me think... there should be a FF addon that will automatically download the meta-tags / w/e from url shorteners. That way the mouse-over for the url will be to the eventual site. It'd make clicking url shorteners less worrisome. (I don't think THAT many forms of url redirection are being implemented so it needn't be that complex)

Re:Get your shortened goat guy while it's fresh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754162)

I used to have quite a good troll I used here a few years back. Involved using a redirect switch in one of Google.coms URLs, I don't remember the syntax as it got hosed, but I'd pad a [google.com] link with enough padding to push the nasty bit off the right of the status bar.

Fun times :)

Re:So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse (1)

Hope Thelps (322083) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754322)

How about this, not tubgirl but it is w1Kd :

http://goo.gl/w1Kd [goo.gl]

Re:So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse (3, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754396)

Congrats. Your work?

It would be interesting to test all the 4-letter/number combos and see what the distribution of content is. A simple test with a common 4-letter word shows that they're censoring words from the url shortening pool.

BTW cr4p [goo.gl] brings you to facebook - how appropriate.

Re:So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse (1)

Hope Thelps (322083) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754500)

It was just a url I grabbed off Youtube for a test of goo.gl and was amused by the short url it gave me.

I think your cr4p link is destined to become famous.

Re:So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33754546)

I think your cr4p link is destined to become famous.

I wish I could take credit for it. That's the sort of thing that "just works", and you KNOW it's going to make the rounds.

Mother Nature might be a B*tch, but she also has a sense of humour.

Re:So, who's going to be the 1st to shorten goatse (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#33754816)

Makes me wonder if somebody has been playing...

Who? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753848)

Is bit.ly shaking in its boots?

Dunno, I've never heard of them before. Should I have?

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754008)

Mr. Stallman, is that you, still reading your Internets in Lynx?

Re:Who? (3, Informative)

YoshiDan (1834392) | about 4 years ago | (#33754726)

Is bit.ly shaking in its boots?

Dunno, I've never heard of them before. Should I have?

Only if you're one of the freaks that uses twitter...

Chop off two letters (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753872)

g.gl, get to it google engineers. Short as hell.

Re:Chop off two letters (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753964)

A quick way to check what a domain is to type in "www."domain letters like www.ca to see Canada's. But instead of Greenland's (Had to go to Wiki for that) I got this [www.gl] and it's a login for a point of sale system.

Greenland is up for sale?

Re:Chop off two letters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754380)

Isn't there a specification(s) that says the minimum is 3 & 2?

Re:Chop off two letters (1)

hawaiian717 (559933) | about 4 years ago | (#33754626)

Nope. I usually use j.mp, which is bit.ly's lesser-known, two-characters-shorter version. But for even shorter, there's to [domainnamenews.com] .

Hugeurl.co URL? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753892)

Only if slashdot let's me put the hugurl.com version of goo.gl! (Filter error: That's an awful long string of letters there.)

bit.ly? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753894)

Who's bit.ly?

Re:bit.ly? (0, Redundant)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754014)

The single most popular URL shortening service these days (largely because it's the default on Twitter; you know what Twitter is, right?).

Re:bit.ly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754118)

The single most popular URL shortening service these days (largely because it's the default on Twitter; you know what Twitter is, right?).

I know what Twitter is but I don't use it myself. I guess in the context of Twitter a url shortener would actually be useful so that makes a lot of sense.

Re:bit.ly? (1)

Matt Perry (793115) | about 4 years ago | (#33754664)

you know what Twitter is, right?

No, although I've started to see them mentioned all the time in the last six months or so. I assume they are another Facebook-type site but I don't care enough to find out.

Re:bit.ly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754704)

Well that's just ignorant.

Unique feature (3, Funny)

RichardDeVries (961583) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753896)

goo.gl shortens goo.gl url's as well! No, I will not write an evil script. Someone has to do the 'No Evil', right?

Re:Unique feature (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754148)

goo.gl shortens goo.gl url's as well! No, I will not write an evil script. Someone has to do the 'No Evil', right?

I certainly wouldn't click on goo.gurl [slashdot.org] ! Or would I?!

Too bad for case-sentive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753898)

Just tested it out: Mapping "test.com" to "http://goo.gl/EkNa". I get 404 from "http://goo.gl/ekna"...

Re:Too bad for case-sentive (2, Informative)

dr. greenthumb (114246) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754126)

It's about keyspace.

Given 4 bytes of [a-zA-Z0-9] gives you 14,776,336 possible combinations while [a-z0-9] only gives you a mere 1,679,616 possible combinations.
Assuming they'll eventually up the number of bytes up to six (ie. 4 to 6 bytes), you'll get 57,731,144,752 combinations case sensitive compared to just 2,238,928,128 case insensitive.

Testing the goo.gl (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753914)

As a test I created a link to this slashdot article. I will post the statistics after a day. http://goo.gl/Kjyl [goo.gl]

Re:Testing the goo.gl (1)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753974)

Warning: the above link points to a youtube URL I have not visited it myself (as I'm at work), but I'm guessing it is most likely a Rick Roll.


-- Saving people from Rick Rolls since 2006

Re:Testing the goo.gl (2, Informative)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753986)

As in what's here? http://goo.gl/info/Kjyl#week [goo.gl]

Re:Testing the goo.gl (2, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754032)

As in what's here? http://goo.gl/info/Kjyl#week [goo.gl]

I'm sure it'll change over time, but the stats from the first 24 visitors from Slashdot are quite interesting:

Browsers
Firefox: 10
Chrome: 7
Mobile: 2
Opera: 2
Safari: 2
Arora: 1

This tells me that Slashdot users don't use IE. At least, not those who read brand-new stories and are willing to click an unknown link and chancing NSFW content. Thankfully, it's SFW, unless your boss was already "gonna give you up".

I'll be curious how those stats hold up tomorrow!

Re:Testing the goo.gl (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754078)

A quarter of the machines are nix too. Year of linux on the desktop! ;-)
or year of admins reading slashdot on the server?

Platforms
Windows 22
Other Unix 10
Macintosh 5
iPod 2
iPhone 1

Re:Testing the goo.gl (1)

DaleSwanson (910098) | about 4 years ago | (#33754794)

Above in several spots someone posted the same goatse shortened link. It appears to be the most clicked goo.gl link from this page. Currently it has 403 clicks compared to rickroll's 103. 254 are from slashdot domains.
http://goo.gl/info/lLIm#week [goo.gl] -link to stats page, not redirected to goatse.
Firefox 172 43%
Chrome 79 20%
IE 3 1%

Also 89 are "other Unix" which is 22%. Not clear what that is though, as there are other dedicated categories for Linux and Mac. I would guess it is Linux though, as coming from slashdot I'd expect the Linux count to be higher than 3.

Do not want (1, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753926)

The last thing the world need is yet another semisolid fat for food preparation.

Wait, what's the subject again?

Shortfight! (2, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 4 years ago | (#33753990)

I've always preferred SoCuteURL [socuteurl.com] . It makes URL's that are sometimes short, sometimes long, but always a lot easier to retype (say, from a text message) than a computer-generated hash. For example, I've got a better chance of telling someone how to type in socuteurl.com/yappypupperpig [socuteurl.com] (so cute u r l dot com slash yappy pupper pig) than I do goo.gl slash anything.

Of course, I also have a soft spot in my heart for http://urlshorteningservicefortwitter.com/ [urlshorten...witter.com] -- but they refuse to "shorten" http://goo.gl/ [goo.gl] for me, saying "This URL has been rejected to prevent the universe from collapsing on itself."

Re:Shortfight! (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754060)

I'd like if people just shortened them on sites while still keeping them as meaningful as possible. It's a fine like to walk though.

I like http://twig.mx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33753994)

....it works pretty well.

tr.im was the best (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754022)

tr.im was a great URL shortener, too bad they aren't open for business any more. Not only that but tr.im is a much more descriptive name than bit.ly as far as what it does.

Re:tr.im was the best (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754068)

"Descriptive" and "URL shortener" don't really fit together well.

goo.gl/page (1)

slshwtw (1903272) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754030)

easter egg? coincidence? conspiracy? goo.gl/page [goo.gl] appears to redirect to a (barely) german-language page for a chrome extension that uses the goo.gl service. I wonder what other URL codes may have already been "reserved" (maybe they will have "premium" redirects like other shorteners have implemented)

Keep working? (5, Interesting)

Leebert (1694) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754042)

and it will keep working

Like Wave, right?

Re:Keep working? (3, Informative)

deinol (210478) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754122)

and it will keep working

Like Wave, right?

You realize that while they stopped development of further wave features, it is still available and functioning for anyone who wants to use it?

Re:Keep working? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754180)

You realize that while they stopped development of further wave features, it is still available and functioning for anyone who wants to use it?

So, how long will that last?

Actually, I think I finally saw a use case for Wave the other night. There was an earthquake here (rare in NH) and a WTF-fest broke out on 3 or 4 of the first Facebook comments in my social network, several referencing Twitter searches.

I *think* this is what Wave is for. I'm still not sure, though.

Re:Keep working? (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754264)

Once Google decides Wave is dragging themselves down, it will optionally disappear, just like old YouTube profiles [mashable.com] and Blogger FTP [blogger.com] .

Re:Keep working? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754364)

Uh you claim "Old YouTube profiles" when the link you gave does nothing but praise the new profile layout and specifically says how it was optional-in for a period and all profiles would be moving to it (Plus, it's a fucking layout, not a service) and a FTP publishing service which was used by less than .5% of their users and simply outdated and replaced by other services? I don't see what you're complaining about.

Re:Keep working? (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754418)

Quit posting to /. anonymously, Mr. Brin. Jeez.

Lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754054)

Yet another attempt by Google to track a significant portion of the web traffic.

Great. Another way to get rick-rolled... (1)

Pezbian (1641885) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754082)

Never gonna give you up... without compensation.

FOR FREE OMG (2, Insightful)

Punto (100573) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754094)

this reminds me of the old "subscribe to my free newsletter". who the hell pays for an URL shortener in the first place?

Re:FOR FREE OMG (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 4 years ago | (#33754824)

You do, of course. Google (or whoever) gets to know where you're going and what you're looking at. Same as all Google's other free services - ads and tracking.

Now, the question is, does being default search engine on Android justify it's cost? Particularly when you'd probably be default search engine anyway? Or is Google going to have to do something evil?

Does NOT always work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754098)

For example, http://goo.gl/sl7U has a redirection loop.

TinyURL (4, Informative)

klui (457783) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754100)

I prefer TinyURL because it can give me a preview of the expanded URL.

Re:TinyURL (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754468)

I just hazarded a guess and appended a + to a goo.gl url (since that's the syntax bit.ly uses) and lo and behold, it took me to the info page for the url.

the good shortened URLs are already gone (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33754128)

I wrote a script that would keep re-submitting my URL until I ended up with goo.gl/R2D2, but found out it was already used. I think I'll make a mosaic of the 23,864 QR barcodes on the side of a building somewhere as a social commentary.

Security check while generating shortened link? (2, Interesting)

blackgod (1616805) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754252)

Google chrome provides security warning while trying to navigate to suspicious site. Will this be available while generating/clicking shortened link from any browser - I mean independent of browser capability and settings?

Or not... (1)

tomaasz (5800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754398)

The interesting thing is that goo.gl gets "shortened" to goo.gl/zoan.

Wordpress Mod (1)

Mike Zahalan (1871884) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754490)

I think it would be pretty cool if somebody would write a mod for wordpress that can automatically convert links you share in your posts to goo.gl urls... that could make the stats analysis easier. Also, it would be pretty sweet if the link had a hover tag that showed the original url to dispel visitors skepticism.

World of Goo Greenland (1)

JimWise (1804930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33754506)

By hijacking a foreign country's TLD Google has messed up World Of Goo [worldofgoo.com] 's plans on getting goo.gl for their Greenland offices.

Re:World of Goo Greenland (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754616)

Some country TLD's require you reside in or have a business in said country -- while others do not.

Greenland happens to have

no requirements [101domain.com] at this time.

Is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754640)

I've used goo.gl through shareaholic for about half a year.

Love how it's broken right now (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | about 4 years ago | (#33754652)

"...As we said late last year, we built goo.gl with a focus on quality. With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working."

404: Page not found – the page http://goo.gl/action/shorten [goo.gl] does not exist.

If you typed in or copied/pasted this URL, make sure you included all the characters, with no extra punctuation.

heh (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | about 4 years ago | (#33754654)

"...every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast..."

Apparently their legions of PhDs can't figure out how to use adverbs properly.

shorten goo.gl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754660)

Wow! I shorten goo.gl to http://goo.gl/cYfN .

Wait...How is that shorter?

Find All the URL Shorteners (1)

handy_vandal (606174) | about 4 years ago | (#33754674)

Someone please tell Professor X to "Find all the URL shorteners, and destroy them."

No preview? (2, Informative)

houghi (78078) | about 4 years ago | (#33754784)

At least with TinyURL you can enable preview :http://tinyurl.com/preview.php
You can also link to the preview, so people won't be fired or offended by NSFW stuff.

I have placed the following in mu bashrc, so I can check others as well:
check(){ curl -sI $1 | sed -n 's/Location:.* //p';}

Not everybody will be able to do that.

McAfee (1)

socsoc (1116769) | about 4 years ago | (#33754814)

McAfee has one too... http://mcaf.ee/ [mcaf.ee] Not that I would trust them any more than the other url shorteners, but they claim to protect against malware too. Heck, any website administrator who is bored can set one up on their existing domain without a cute URL.
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