TECHNOLOGY: Link shortening may avoid problems

MIKI> Me and my tech are trying to insert links to books at Amazon into my
MIKI> blogs (using WordPress), but when we Save and Update the blog the link
MIKI> that we pasted in seems to reformat and contains random characters.

Dear Group:

I blog at WordPress and have always had prompt responses to all my questions when I use the feedback mechanism from the dashboard. I usually get it in hours, sometime minutes, I think once was a day. Sometimes the answer is “no you can’t do that” but at least I didn’t waste a lot of cycles frustrated. I’d ask them for a definitive answer.

I have two suggestions, despite my ignorance of what the real cause is, that might be a work around.

**********ONE*****************

First, may I suggest that you use TinyUrl to create a “short link”. For example, I took your link and “tinyurled” it (i.e., went to www.tinyurl.com, pasted in your long amazon link, and got this back.

***Begin Quote***

TinyURL was created!

The following URL:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=
http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDelusions-Intelligence-Enigma-
Secure-Ciphers%2Fdp%2F0521855225%2Fsr%3D11-1%2Fqid%3D1162613
487&tag=rampupsolutio-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&
amp;creative=9325

has a length of 237 characters and resulted in the following TinyURL which has a length of 25 characters:

http://tinyurl.com/ymn94l

***End Quote***

In my mind, it would seem that 200+ plus character link could easily title something. Maybe wordpress, the browser, or some other component has a hidden limit? Maybe there a code combination in their that has a magical mystical value, that gets translated, like %22 for quote, by some “helpful” piece of software.

Shortening the URL, may help.

There are some people who suggest for security reasons that one should never click on such a link because I could have put a tiny link for the latest Russian exploit. (I used to be a security weenie so I have heard ALL the arguments.) To which, my answer would be, “so why click on any link at all?”, but the paranoid whiz by that. TO cut down on the discussion I usually just give people both links.

Also, when I want to find a link I recommended, I can usually want the “read site” not the tinyurl. SO it really self-interest that I do that.

**********ONE — FOOTNOTE ******

It is possible in Firefox and IE to get a TinyUrl widget on the toolbar so that, if you have the URL in your frame, clicking on it, gives you the TINYURL for it. It saves a few keystrokes. I use it extensively.

**********ONE — DISCLAIMER ****

There are many URL shortening sites out there. TINYURL is the first one I found, and I have never found any reason to change. I guess that is one argument for quoting both the original url and the tiny one. Should TINYURL fold, you could always use the long one.

**********TWO*****************

I use a free tool called BLOGDESK. It seems to do quite nicely getting my wonderful lucid ramblings from my desktop to WORDPRESS quickly and accurately. I use it because, from time to time, when interacting with WORDPRESS directly, something would happen in the cloud and I’d lose my content. I suspect some type of network error would occur before the screen was really saved and one of my pearls of wisdom would be lost for ever. AND, it was SO GOOD, that I couldn’t remember it, despite having just wrote it. I lost several good zingers. I could generally recreate it but I KNOW it wasn’t as good a post as the one I lost. BLOGDESK, has some other nice features, in that it keeps copies of all my wisdomly words for me to reuse and it allows me to template certain topics so I stay with a consistent format. It might help you all with your url problem.

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