Jeff doesn’t like URL shorteners

by Jon Thompson on May 24, 2009

After my last gush about Bit.ly and microtrends, etc. I got a hand slap from Jeff:

URL shortners will contribute to the already ephemeral nature of the
web. They are not a good idea. The whole limited characters thing of
Twitter is not actually a good idea. Perhaps stylistically it is, so
maybe twitter’s UI needs to change so that the URL lives outside the
post or something.

We are going to wake up to a terrible hangover from URL shorteners.

Jeff said I could use that if I made sure to include this article by Boing Boing founder Cory Doctorow featuring Del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter talking about how URL shorteners suck.

Jeff is getting married soon so he better be worrying about the hangover he’s going to have from all that Swiss Alpen grog stuff he’s going to be drinking!  Woo hoo, Jeff!  Oh yeah, and thanks to JAT for jacking me so I couldn’t make it to the wedding!

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Miquel May 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm

You were going to fly JAT?!!

Jon Thompson May 25, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hahaha, yeah, tell me about it. Actually, my wife and son are coming back on JAT but their crap schedule screwed everything up. Unfortunately, they are one of the few airlines that still fly to Skopje.

Miquel May 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

You can also bounce through Budapest on Malev. They’ve been covering a lot of Eastern Europe pretty well, although I’ve no idea as to whether they’re actually better than JAT or not.

Jon Thompson May 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I’ll keep it mind for next time. I really wish there was a direct to Rome but MAT can’t seem to get their act together.
Thanks!

Ross Mason October 27, 2009 at 1:30 am

Yep I definitly agree. Human readable URL’s are much nicer. I also prefer URL’s where you can delete the last segment and arrive at the section above rather than at a 404 page.

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