Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A Tangled Web of Shortened Links - Technology Review

A good case study on the importance of choosing identifiers

Last month, the Libyan government temporarily cut off access to the Internet within the nation's borders. The goal was to control the flow of information to the public and disrupt coordination among the demonstrators. The shutdown failed to do either, but for a while it threatened to have an odd side effect: impairing the functioning of websites using Libya's ".ly" domains, including the popular service bit.ly, which millions use to turn long Web links into short ones that can be sent out on Twitter.

A Tangled Web of Shortened Links - Technology Review

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