November 30, 2010 | SQL Server

[OT] : An open blog post to

I am not sure when it happened, but at some point, marked all URLs to as dangerous.  So for example, I created this shortened link which just goes to*/  When you click on the shortened link, you get the following warning (click to embiggen):


Unfortunately, is the default URL shortening service in tweetdeck, and a lot of people don't even realize what is happening when people click on the links that have been shortened on their behalf. The clickers may not ultimately click through to the link because of the big red hand (or because they can't find the link way down the page).  In several cases I have seen quite knowledgeable folks follow up on a connect link suggesting that the link was bad or must have been mangled.  And worse yet, some people may suddenly think I'm a bad guy distributing phishing or other dangerous links.  Not cool.

Now, I like some of the benefits that provides, such as optional link customization, API integration into tweetdeck, detailed stats and aggregation, etc.  But until the global "all connect URLs are poison" ban has been lifted I, for one, have changed my URL shortening service to


5 comments on this post

    • cinahcaM madA - November 30, 2010, 9:42 PM

      Have you tried contacting about this? If not, I will.

    • SQLvariant - November 30, 2010, 9:48 PM

      Since you're blogging about stuff like this would you mind pointing out to tweetdeck that when you switch over to the "light" theme > then go back into settings: the words "Minimize button should" are no longer visible on the General tab?

    • AaronBertrand - November 30, 2010, 9:52 PM

      Adam, yes I have sent them feedback, and have also pointed them to this blog post.

    • AaronBertrand - November 30, 2010, 9:59 PM

      Aaron, that's different.  The issue actually disrupts me.  The other one does not.

    • Jason Coombes - December 1, 2010, 3:32 PM

      I believe this started happening around the time that the announcement was made that Drive Extender would be removed from Windows Home Server. This has generated a lot of tweets with shortened links to the same URL:*/
      This must have triggered some protection that uses. As of writing that connect case has over 4,000 votes.

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