The problem with tinyURL


Oh, and tiny URLs are evil, for two reasons I keep meaning to post on: (1) Ideally, a URL should be self-documenting (like ours) for the sake of the reader; but more importantly (2) the Internet scales because there is no central authority through which URLs must pass in order to be decoded. However, tinyURLs are such an authority, so they break the architecture. This “service” should not be encouraged.

On the other hand, what are you going to do if you want to email a link and the fool developers designed a 300 character URL?


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