Honestly I was shocked that the digg short urls didn't just go to digg from day one. Anyone who thought that a short url service tacked onto a site that already has a separate purpose would do anything other than drive traffic to the main site was fooling themselves.
cutting my rant short here. -Chad On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 4:45 AM, Vision Jinx<vjn...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Just wanted to give an FYI to the devs here that if your planning on > or using Digg in your apps they are now hijacking your links to direct > traffic to their site. You can read a story on it here > http://mashable.com/2009/07/19/digg-twitter-links/ Sure enough I > clicked a digg short url and was redirected to their site instead of > where the link was intended to point to. > > I am very glad Twitter does not have the API restrictions on it like > the Google API's do, as I did include a preview link option for bit.ly > and tiny url links (to check where the links points to) and with > biy.ly I'm sure there is a way to check the destination URL (eg. JSONP > API Call) and use that in your source code where Digg links now I will > need to add a visitor/user warning that they may now link to digg > instead. > > I just hate the way some services have to quickly follow trends and > does this mean other short url services are going to port all traffic > to their sites now and force people to sign up and create accounts > there? (and increase the number of ads they are serving) > > Man I can't believe this! Your thoughts?