Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cligs Cracked; TinyURL is A-OK

I hate it when "clever" headline writers mislead their readers. Take this one, for instance, from ComputerWorld:

Hacker cracks TinyURL rival, redirects millions of Twitter users

This borders on the irresponsible. There you have TinyURL, prominent and mostly in caps, with that tiny little "rival" next to it. This story has nothing to do with TinyURL, but they're the one associated with the hack by the casual reader.

The story is this... ("Cligs") was hacked. There was a flaw in their editing function, which has now been turned off.

Now, if I were a conspiracy theorist, I would entertain a thought within the confines of my tinfoil hat that this is mighty convenient for Cligs. I mean, here you have a negative headline that doesn't mention your business in any way, but tends to tar your chief rival. And the story itself generates extraordinary interest in a service that practically no one has heard of before. Hmmm. But I'm not a conspiracy theorist. Robert Heinlein admonishes us not to attribute conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity, and I hold to that.

Cligs looks interesting. Small URLs, but with personal analytics, intended for use with Twitter. Let's hope they fix the security, so we can take a closer look.


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