I have just finished reading this post about URL shortening services and it got me thinking.
I use URL shorteners on the odd occasion but I have a problem with them. Answer the following simple question: What is the destination of the following links (and no peeking by clicking on them first):
Hopefully this highlights the problem: You don’t know where you are going to when you click on the links provided by these URL shortening services! This seems to me to be an area ripe for Internet scams (especially if you use Internet Explorer); I am thinking links to porn sites, links that download the latest malware on to your PC etc; there are endless possibilities!
What I would like to see is some kludge so that when you hover over one of these shortened URLs you can see the destination of the link. Sure, not all URLs indicate what exactly awaits you at the other end of it, and, in the case of Twitter, if it is someone that you are following then you can be fairly confident that they aren’t going to send you somewhere you really don’t want to go (or maybe you do). Still, there is definitely room for improvement.