by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/11/09 15:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/11/09/490792.aspx
I know people like to talk about things like TinyURL, but I am talking about something different, something I found out the other day when looking at a URL that Raymond Chen had made to a blog post (which they put in an email).
Take for example the link to this post -- it is:
It turns out that out of all of that the only things that are important are the URI:
and the final file name of the post:
So you can actually just use:
or if you want someone to know whose blog it is you can use:
You could have a little fun in the middle with no harm done:
Hell, you can even play a small game with spoofing that name to make it look like the link is to someone else's blog:
or you can make someone from the inactive list seem to come alive again. Like saying about how cool it is that Brett is finally posting:
Of course, once you click on it, you are right back where you started.
I guess nothing is foolproof; thankfully, it ends up sending you to the real post rather than just transferring and keeping the old link in Address Bar -- or I would call it a pretty dangerous identity theft style spoofing bug!
I am sure people would get tired of bogus links quickly enough. But it was pretty cool there for a moment....
Right now I imagining how this post will look if they change the behavior in the future. Ah well, to readers of the future who are confused at why I am going on about something that does not work, I swear it did work once!
(Special thanks to Douglas R. Hofstadter and the chapters of Metamagical Themas that talked about self-referential sentences, which helped inspire the next URL)
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