How To Make Your Twitter Followers Uneasy: Use ShadyURLs

By Smriti Rao | February 19, 2010 4:02 pm

computer-virusAnyone who uses Facebook or Twitter is probably familiar with Bit.ly or TinyURL.com–Web services that shortens lengthy Web addresses to fit within limited character counts. These truncated URLs don’t make it clear what page the link redirects to, but most people have gotten used to that fact; users happily click a shortened URL without worrying that it might actually send you to a site that starts a computer virus download.

Now, a new website called ShadyURL.com is generating a few laughs for its service that claims to “make your Twitter followers a little more uneasy.” The web service shortens web addresses into “suspicious and frightening” links that would anyone think hard before clicking on.

For example:
Facebook.com became http://5z8.info/56-DEPLOY-TROJAN-287.mw9—-_i6f3e__init_download
Twitter.com turned into http://5z8.info/trojan_j7r7z_inject_worm

When we typed in DiscoverMagazine.com, here’s what we got:
http://5z8.info/friendster-of-sex_m8x9r_-OPEN-WEBCAM—START-RECORD–

Rest assured, these URLs don’t actually send you to sites where trojan horses will be deployed, worms will be injected, and webcams will start recording. Then again, we wonder how long it will be before someone puts an actual virus in a ShadyURL that looks obviously shady but that people will assume is a safe URL cloaked in false shadiness.

Damn your logical puzzles, Internet.

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  • TerryR

    Damned logical puzzles…! Hahaha, I’d use them but then, maybe I’d better not, but then what a way to jumpstart a few slow pulses, but then my friends and followers would hate me, but then, oh, what the heck!? Just do it!

  • geeta

    It must be so much fun, annoying people on the net, in the name of socializing! Annoying people have to let it out somewhere in times when everyone spends time in front of the computers and they cannot find enough people annoy in person. What great ideas!

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