Should Flickr Blacklist URL Shorteners?
There is a post over in the help forum at Flickr right now asking why bit.ly links can’t be posted on Flickr. For the past few years Flickr has blacklisted every single url shortener that I’m aware of except their own url shortener (which is only used to link to actual pages on Flickr). While Flickr blacklists lots of sites from posting links to Flickr, I’m not aware of many other sites out there that actually blacklist all the url shorteners as well.
Personally I like to use url shorteners. I’m a big fan of the Google Chrome URL shortener plug in, which is my personal favorite. http://goo.gl/PiyX Apparently Flickr blacklists url shorteners because of “previous abuse.” It would certainly seem that more and more shortened urls are becoming a big part of our internet experience. Especially with Twitter and mobile, they seem to be increasing all the time. What do you think? Should url shorteners be allowed on Flickr? Is there better technology that Flickr could employ to get around the somewhat vague “previous abuse,” logic for blacklisting all url shorteners? Do you have a favorite URL shortener? If so, which one and why?