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Libya Will Not Take The Domain Away

Posted on 07 Oct 2010 by - Permanent link Trackback this post Subscribe to this post Comment on this post -  

So there’s been a lot of hype around the announcement that has had its domain confiscated by Libya’s domain registrar for breaching T’s & C’s.

Ben Metcalfe broke the news, declaring the .ly ccTLD unsafe and the blogosphere circle-jerk started a panic about a number of completely unrelated domains - including the very popular

Despite the sensationalist attention-grabbing headline, Ben’s piece was well researched and explained that is an extension of sex-educator Violet Blue’s online presence. Whilst no pornographic content was hosted on itself, it was made expressly for shortening links to sites that were decidedly against Libyan law (prurient as that may be).

I’m just surprised that made it for so long without a slapdown.

I suspect that naïveté might have been the reason behind Violet using a .ly extension for her URL shortener but even if that’s not true she has certainly gained a load of publicity from its shutdown. Is Safe

Sure, Libya does not have the safeguards for freedom of speech that we enjoy in western democracies, but who is to say that a HTTP 301 represents freedom of speech? I don’t think that our lawmakers have got that far yet. it has been pretty happy to accept a slew of short domain name registrations and I think it will keep the biggest .ly on-side as it makes for a fantastic advert.

So even though anyone can create a link to a page that the Libyan lawmakers might find offensive, that is not the primary purpose of the service and that, coupled with the Libyan ruler, Gadhaffi, gradually making friendly noises towards the west in recent years, means that will be around for a while yet.

The Echo Chamber Is Annoying

I salute those who first broke the story, I really do, but do we bloggers have to go overboard?

There has been a lot of discussion covering why URL shorteners are bad, much of it focussed on the damage done to the web if a popular service were to disappear (as did last year).

Enough with this bandwagon of doom - the overwhelming majority of short links are used on services like twitter, which is about immediacy not perpetuity. Let’s have some common sense and original writing.

If you’ve made it this far through my rant, here is your reward:

This remains the best post on URL shortening I’ve ever read:

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 Michael @ Project Center said at 2010-10-26 02:08

Glad to see is here to stay is my favorite URL shortener (even though I have seen that the numbers have been off from time to time). But regardless of that I do like that their API ties in to many other third party platform products and they have the bookmarklet. The bookmarklet and the ability to tie my account together with my Twitter account makes sharing content so much easier when I am reading things.

 write my paper said at 2010-10-27 14:03

shocked is my favorite URL shortene too.Your news surprised me and upset.

 puppy crate training said at 2010-10-28 22:47

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I  think that our lawmakers have got that far yet. it has been pretty happy to accept a slew of short domain name registrations

 graphic design said at 2010-11-12 08:26

.ly ccTLD unsafe ?

This announcement is not really very clear and this is the reason because people could think that this ccTLD could be unsafe for resister. However, for the shortenet I use now the Google new service for this purpose.

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