Tweet URLs may be tiny, but they can also be dangerous Twitter and Facebook users clicking a condensed URL have more to fear than a surprise Lemon Party: a hacked micro-URL generator site last month demonstrates that with a little work, millions of links can be redirected to phishing or spam sites. [Consumer Reports Electronics]


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  1. lawnmowerdeth says:

    Ok, the lemon party reference made me laugh.


  2. 2DaysTillTheState_GitEmSteveDave says:

    Finally, I can get more exposure for my website, and much like Jenni of JenniCam, get on Letterman and Diagnosis:Murder.

  3. Jason McKay says:

    There are also scripts via via Greasemonkey that lengthen and decode the short URLs when viewing online.

  4. Andy Harrison says:

    Some services have convenient ways of allowing you to preview urls first.

    tinyurl allows you to turn on a cookie that automatically cause every url to be previewed before accessing it. []

    [] allows you to append a ‘-‘ dash character to the url to display a preview.

    The methods for preview on other services aren’t as convenient, but most have the capability.

  5. WorldHarmony says:

    I used to google the shortened URL before visiting it, and sometimes the site it referred to would show up and I could decide whether it was worth visiting. I didn’t know about these preview services- much better than googling!

  6. chiieddy says:

    Tweetdeck has an option that will decode shrunken URLs before sending you off to them. I highly recommend using it if you use the program.

  7. James Stafford Hawkins Jr. says:

    Ironic…? Here’s the tweet for this article:

    Tweet URLs may be tiny, but they can also … [] []

  8. Wombatish says:

    So that’s why Consumerist shortens links too, right? RIGHT?

    But seriously. I always check the full URL before I click, and sites that shorten/mask them in any way are annoying to deal with.