This is hilarious: http://is.gd/kSyL
Typical URLs do include information that provides context, starting with the domain name. If someone points to a “great article on [whatever]”, the fact that it’s on nytimes.com versus someguy.wordpress.com gives me a clue about how much I want to read it, so if the description with the URL doesn’t give any meaningful context, I’m not going to follow the link.
Thanks, Sean Murphy, for writing it!
Hey, no problem! I’m glad people find it as useful as I do. Thanks for spreading the word.
Good point, though often enough a popular domain name alone isn’t quite enough to indicate the dangers lurking behind a shortened link…
Another plugin from bitly: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10297
Family filter-related stuff (PICS; POWDER) fit into the landscape here somewhere too…