[Oeva-list] Good IT practice

patrick0101 at gmail.com patrick0101 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 11:56:19 PDT 2013

Great points Steve.

>the use of "shortened" URL's is, in my opinion, bad practice.
Twitter automatically shortens URLs via the cross-post method I use. I
could not possibly find time to post each story separately on each social
media site. You only get 140 characters on twitter, so a short URL is
a necessity on twitter.

If you have security concerns, you can expand URLs here before you use
them. http://checkshorturl.com/

>I do wish you wouldn't use the oddly formated URL's
What do you mean? Is it the missing http://? Again, that is a twitter thing
to save characters. Or did you mean something else?

Since you don't use facebook, I assume you are seeing these in the weekly
rollup that I post each Tues night or Wed morning. I generate that from the
twitter feed with a perl script, so it includes the twit-ified URLs. If you
know how I could do it so it is more transparent, without taking more time,
I am willing to try it.

Alternatively, you could expand the URLs and post your own weekly rollup. I
would be happy to have someone else volunteer to do part of this.

Sunlight will never cost $4/gallon

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM, Steve's Account <stevel at fern.com> wrote:

> I do think that Patrick does a lot of good..
> I do wish you wouldn't use the oddly formated URL's, because for many
> browsers it means that they are "unclickable".. making it frustrating
> to use.
> Also, the use of "shortened" URL's is, in my opinion, bad practice.
> It stops the user from knowing if the content is likely to be legitimate
> or not. A shortened URL can point to ANYTHING from the map to the foutain
> of youth to the latest piece of malware, and as a user you can't tell.
> Getting people used to "just clicking on any old thing" is, in my opinion,
> very bad practice.
> It's why QR codes have fallen into disfavor.. because hackers have found
> out that you can entice folks to do things they later regret.
> I'd read more of Patricks work, if it were a bit more transparent.
> Steve
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