Spam and URL Shortening

By Deane Barker on December 23, 2003

Web addresses get nip and tuck—and spam: A good article on URL shortening services which we’ve talked about quite a bit before. Includes an interesting angle on the spam implications.

In the hands of spammers, TinyURL has the potential to sag under enormous demand and attract the vociferous complaints that spam can incite. Gilbertson says he disables spam-related URLs one by one, following tips sent to an abuse address and notifications by SpamCop, an antispam group.

What I like about that plan is that it renders spam URLs useless. If he can disable a URL included in 100 million spams right away, then that’s a fee for 100 million spams that was completely wasted. An unhappy customer of a spam service is a very good thing.



  1. Spam and url shortening go hand and hand, but I like the idea has.

    They filter as much content as they possible can via the url. They also offer previews like tinyurl does, but offer the option for webmasters to add their domain to a list that would force previews on any link clicked on within that domain.

    In short there is always a way to improve a service I supose.

  2. Your%252Bguestbook%252Bis%252Bexample%252Bof%252Bmiddle%25252Dclass%252Bguestbooks.%252BCongratulation%252521%252BI%252592ll%252Bshow%252Byour%252Bsite%252Band%252Bguestbook%252Bto%252Bmy%252Bfriends.h

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