Google Shortening URL: Excessive Technology In Action

Google Shortening URL: Excessive Technology In Action

After sending out the recent message to you I have received a lot of feedback that links suddenly stopped working.

That exactly illustrates my point about technology.

I have used Google URL shortening service (technology!) for your convenience but it has done more harm than good.

While links were more readable when shortened, they have stopped working after the first hundred clicks.

And I could not reach Google for any answer about that. The only remedy they have suggested is posting the issue in their newsgroups. Look what message I have got when trying to do this:


Too many robots, too little human thought. Monopoly in action. Nobody needs Yahoo-human edited directory these days, just bulk results from the robot 🙂 We can abandon thinking altogether and press I’m feeling lucky button (Hey, robot, do the choice for me). URL shortening service is no exception and it has mistakenly recognized URLs from Translation3000 Newsletter as false positives to overload their servers.

Thank you for the many letters pointing out that links are not working. I will send the corrected message almost immediately. Without awkward intermediaries this time 🙂

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Comments (4)

  • Avatar for Markus Kreisel
    Markus Kreisel

    A shame. If user start to heavily use Google’s free services they start to make it less usable. Like the translate api v1 which was first limited then removed. This broke a lot of code. Because of heavy user feedback they came up with translate api v2. Seems Google started to many free services and now they want to turn back the clock for these generating traffic but no profit.


    November 18, 2011 at 09:41
  • Avatar for coombarianna

    must check with confident online shopping

    December 23, 2011 at 17:16
  • Avatar for Amy

    Nice to read your blog

    January 15, 2012 at 13:14
  • Avatar for Brant Kreidler
    Brant Kreidler

    I always was interested in this topic and still am, thank you for posting.

    January 19, 2012 at 20:44

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