Bit.ly threatened by Libyan domain shenanigans

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25 Responses to “Bit.ly threatened by Libyan domain shenanigans”

  1. glasnt says:

    Let’s just hope the alternate for bit.ly, j.mp, doesn’t get overrun by those Northern Mariana Islandians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.mp

  2. maoinhibitor says:

    It’s a shame that http://cut.ie/ and http://eer.ie/ are both taken. I think Ireland deserves the business.

  3. SamSam says:

    Will Greenland catch on that allowing Goo.gl to redirect anyone to anywhere is almost certainly going to mean that people are going to use their country’s TLD for pr0nz???

  4. acb says:

    I wonder whether bit.ly will post a Sharia compliance policy to their site in order to keep their domain from being yanked, move to another domain, or keep its head down. If the latter, I imagine that, unless they start censoring their site, there’ll be a lot of people posting links to, say, breweries, bacon fandom sites and high-interest bank accounts, just to provoke. Things could get interesting.

  5. acb says:

    Maybe North Korea’s new God-Emperor will be enlightened enough to let adult-oriented entrepreneurs register http://wa.nk/ and http://bo.nk/ as a replacement.

  6. deckard68 says:

    So why doesn’t the NIC just revoke Libya’s ownership of .ly? The net needs to take a hard line against countries that can’t be trusted with the net.

    Looks like good news for goo.gl

    What third world dictatorship is .gl, though?

  7. TEKNA2007 says:

    … is under the family control of Libya’s mercurial dictator.

    Yeah, but we have 4chan. Don’t make us summon 4chan.

  8. acb says:

    .gl is Greenland, which is a territory of Denmark, a country not known for its Sharia-compliant media.

  9. TEKNA2007 says:

    For the unfamiliar … “email” is an enhanced form of Twitter than doesn’t train your brain to think only those short thoughts that can fit into 140 cha

  10. acb says:

    @deckard68: legally, Libya is well within its rights to decide what domains to register and not register in its national domain. Much in the way that Canada was legally within its rights to revoke typographi.ca, because it wasn’t based in Canada. (The US, incidentally, doesn’t allow non-US organisations to register .us domains.)

    • frijole says:

      bingo. its their TLD to administer as they please, no matter how distasteful anyone else finds it.

      I was on the verge of picking up a .ps domain, but then read the fine print from the Palestinian NIC, which had a similar provision to Libya’s for local law, and didn’t do it.

      Its a shame when people don’t do their research before picking up a clever domain, or assum the rules will not apply, and get caught out on it. But them’s the breaks.

  11. Doran says:

    FYI, bit.ly archives its shortened urls with 301works.org at the Internet Archive. So if bit.ly gets hit by this, at least the mappings won’t be lost, at least not for a while.

    It’s notable that none of the other really popular shorteners (at least the ones I’m familiar with) are using 301works.

    It’s also notable that this made news via Ben Metcalfe and She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

    • Rob Beschizza says:

      I wonder if Libya did something clearly improper — say, redirecting bit.ly links — whether it would be scandalous for ISPs (or maybe google via its DNS) to redirect to the alternatives maintained by bit.ly and the archive.

      Broken URL shortening services seems an interesting architectural problem, in that they can’t be repaired (forgive me if I misunderstand the issues) without doing something fundamentally iffy.

  12. 3eff_jeff says:

    Man, what a missed opportunity. It really wouldn’t be hard to write a script that redirects all requests to here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOU8GIRUd_g

    It could have been the greatest act of internet terrorism ever. 4chan wouldn’t be able to match it.

  13. Scary_UK says:

    What is so special about .ly for URL shorteners anyway?

    bit.ly is much used but it’s not as if it’s short for an actual word…. unless I’ve missed something

  14. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I regard URL shorteners in comments with a jaundiced eye. Nobody wants to click on a blind link, they leave a trail of dead links in old threads and, I’m not making this up, I have seen people use shorteners that have more characters than the original URL. Who gives computer access to people who can’t figure out how to mask a link?

    <a href=”full URL goes here with no spaces”>Whatever you want to call the link goes here</a>. The URL must include the http part and don’t forget the “s before and after the URL.

  15. sum.zero says:

    blind links are bad for you.

    url shorteners break the web.

    thank you.

  16. 3lbFlax says:

    You should see the flyer our new coffee shop on campus has come up with. The URL at the bottom for their Facebook page covers three lines and includes what I’d estimate to be a 16-digit number. I stand there poking it with my finger, but nothing happens.

  17. Rob Beschizza says:

    We registered a couple of shortening-style domains, but haven’t put them to use. There’s just something weird about the whole idea of it — it’s only necessary because of twitter, to be honest, and I imagine we’d only use it for that unless other compelling reasons presented themselves.

  18. Avram / Moderator says:

    Well, not just Twitter. Really long URLs can also get chopped up going through email. That’s why MakeAShorterLink and TinyURL predate Twitter by several years.

    I keep hoping for Unicode support to be widespread enough that I can use TinyArrow.ws.

  19. Rob Beschizza says:

    What is this “email” of which you speak?

  20. Anonymous says:

    All this moved me to register and build a URL shortener: http://www.kr8.ca

  21. Susan Oliver says:

    Erm, “Libya” perhaps?

  22. MrJM says:

    Short URLs for throw-away links, e.g. Twitter.

    Full URLs for meaningful links, e.g. Boing-Boing.

    Fyxed!

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