Ubergizmo: Google’s Link Shortener Bites The Dust. “Google launched its official link shortener some ten years ago in December of 2009. The link shortener was supposed to be used with the Google Toolbar and Feedburner. The need for link shortening services has declined over the past few years so it’s no surprise that the company has decided to sunset the service.” I’m getting a little worried about Feedburner…
Boing Boing: Open dataset of 1.78b links from the public web, 2016-2019. “GDELT, a digital news monitoring service backed by Google Jigsaw, has released a massive, open set of linking data, containing 1.78 billion links in CSV, with four fields for each link: ‘FromSite,ToSite,NumDays,NumLinks.'”
Chrome Story: Chrome will Soon Let You Share Link to Specific Word or Sentence on a Page. “When you share a YouTube video, you now have an option to create a link that will start the video at a specific spot. For example, if you want your friend start playing the video at two minutes mark, you can create a link for that specific spot. Now, imagine you are sharing a link to a web page. There is one specific sentence or paragraph that you want your friend to read. The page does not have any anchor links. What will you do?”
Bing Blog: bingbot Series: Get your content indexed fast by now submitting up to 10,000 URLs per day to Bing. Bing Blog sounds like the noise your doorbell would make if it had a head cold. “For many years, Bing has offered all webmasters the ability to submit their site URLs through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation. Until today, this feature was throttled for all sites to submit maximum of 10 URLs per day and maximum of 50 URLs per month. Today we are releasing the Adaptive URL submission feature that increases the daily quota by 1000x, allowing you to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, with no monthly quotas.”
BetaNews: Privacy: Twitter is under investigation for data collection through its link-shortening system. “Twitter is being investigated by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) over concerns about how much data it collects through its t.co link-shortening tool. The Irish privacy regulator is concerned about the amount of data Twitter is able to collect through the service — something that was only heightened by the company’s refusal to hand over information about link tracking when it was requested.”
CNET: Google brings ‘www’ back to Chrome, but not for long. “In the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser, released earlier this month, Google hid the HTTP or HTTPS prefix and stripped out website domain qualifiers like the initial ‘www’ or ‘m,’ which indicates a website geared for mobile devices. But Google now says it’s rolling back some of those changes after receiving community feedback.”
Bing Blogs: Anonymous URL Submission Tool Being Retired. “Saying Goodbye is never easy, but the time has come to announce the withdrawal of anonymous non-signed in support Bing’s URL submission tool. Webmaster will still be able to log in and access Submit URL tool in Bing Webmaster Tools, and this is easier than ever as the tool now supports Google and Facebook authentication in addition to existing Microsoft accounts.” Seeing how spam-ridden the Internet has gotten, this isn’t surprising.