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Fedi usage PSA 

Don't. Use. Link. Shorteners.

Every link you post that's longer than 23 characters is treated as though it's 23 characters long.

Link shorteners do *nothing* except

1. Allow for folks to be tracked and their IP's exposed in some cases.
2. Obscure what you're linking and cause people not to trust that you're not going to link them something malicious.

Stop using them.

Fedi usage PSA 

Slight correction: *every* valid link is treated as 23 characters, even if it's shorter. Sorry for the mistake.

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Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy and when the link shortener inevitably goes down, all links provided by them die!

Fedi usage PSA 

@finn @mdszy it's honestly nothing short of a miracle that tinyurl still exists.

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy 3. make links more likely to break

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy DIdn't know about the 23 character stuff, but looks like it only works on Mastodon, but not on Pleroma.

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@wolf480pl @mdszy not that it really matters though since Pleroma has a much larger (and configurable) character limit

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@dielan @normandy @mdszy
more like len(link) - 23 characters, which can be like, 100. But yeah, still no big deal if your character limit is over 9000

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy Not to mention the link shorteners that force people to look at their ads before they can click through.

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy The other day, I noticed my long link didn't put a huge dent in my character count.

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy Not only that, if the link shortener goes down, then the links in your post die.

Fedi usage PSA 

@mdszy

Personally, I don't use them, however, kutt.it/ seems to be a (somewhat) except-able option.

@mdszy Most fedi software can use link syntax. Use that. If this is unavailable on your system than create request to add it maybe?

Personally I don't click on shortened links unless I am EXTREMELY curious what it is.
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