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robmandu's avatar

Can we still trust tinyurl?

Asked by robmandu (21285points) July 8th, 2008

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So, now people can register/squat on custom tinyurls. If you saw http://tinyurl.com/fluther, might you trust it on face value? What if it rickrolled you, or worse?

At least with the fully random url string, it was clearly implied that you better have some level of trust with the poster of the url. But now, that’s not nearly so obvious.

Or am I overreacting to the best efforts of a for-free service?

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beast's avatar

I feel like it’s still reliable. It seemed to work fine for me for the the /users page.
http://tinyurl.com/flutheruser

robmandu's avatar

Ooohhhhhh… the temptation. Should I click? Circle the wagons? Ahhh… can’t stand it!

eambos's avatar

Not even going to click the link…

Not at all suspicious.

playthebanjo's avatar

I clicked it…no rickrollling for me

joeysefika's avatar

@Playthebanjo, then how come i got rick rolled

jcs007's avatar

Dude. I clicked on the link. And the girl from The Ring tried to come out of my computer. Luckily, I have a notebook. So I repeatedly jammed her faceless-hairy head between my screen and keyboard until she went away.

I trust tinyurl. Just like I trust tinypic.

playthebanjo's avatar

because rick astley is afraid of the might of the banjo.

beast's avatar

The new system doesnt even work. I did link a Fluther sub-site, and it didn’t recognize it. This is the link I originally posted.

playthebanjo's avatar

love the new link. much better usage of the CSS

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