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Beware URL Shorteners

Scott Hanselman writes that This URL shortener situation is officially out of control.

I saw a URL today on Twitter to an article on It was a custom short URL - but since I was visiting it via Twitter, it was wrapped with Twitter's URL, so I really started at

When I visited it for the FIRST time, I got this lovely HTTP interaction. That's SEVEN HTTP 301s, count them, 7, before I get to the destination page.

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