Some time ago, while frolicking along my merry Myspace
way, I discovered quite by accident that TinyURL (a URL shortening service) had been, dare I say it out loud, "BANNED" from Myspace
As luck would have it, I just happened to have a copy of the first amendment peering out at me from the
only shelf of my library (imagine two cinder blocks and a plank of wood). If I had had a mountain, surely I would have shouted from it. I hurriedly gathered a few things, and made a beeline for my secret lab.
Amid bunsen burners and plasma spheres, it began; my own, unofficial mind you, TinyURL/ Myspace experiment.
In the "about me" section of my Myspace profile, I entered this:
tiny url . com
I hit preview...submit...then anxiously awaited the results of my so-called experiment. It was 5:38 p.m. so, as is usually the case, I waited...waited some more...and waited a bit more. Finally, there it was. The Myspace minions truly had earned their keep on this wretched day.
I was hit in the face with the following gibberish:
tiny url . com
Bloody hell! Clearly Myspace was not happy with the character sequence "t-i-n-y-u-r-l" and, perhaps having sought the expertise of some HTML voodoo priestess, had exorcised TinyURL right OUT OF the URL. All that was left in its place were three oh-so-smug little "..." (periods).
What does a Myspace-banned URL
look like in the wild?
Click the image below to find out (you need flash).
Related posts: Shortening a URL Banned URL's and what you can do about them
Source: Tom Thomas