Am I the only one who hates tinyurl links? :/ I mean, seriously, if you hover the mouse over one of those links, all you get is the tinyurl address itself, which means nothing. You have no idea where it leads, where you might be taken. Whenever I see one I always feel like it’s a web leading to a spider that’s going to bite me and inject viruses onto my computer or something like that.
Is it really that tough to just use the real URL? Everyone has copy/paste on their computer, right? If anything, it’s more work to use tinyurl. Is there even a point to it nowadays, when we don’t generally type out the URLs by hand anymore? (And come on, it’s been, what, fifteen years or more since we had to do that on any kind of a regular basis…?)
If you’re particularly HTML savvy you can even use the href command so that a word or three in your text becomes a clickable link — I have the command in a file so I just copy/paste it into my post or comment or whatever, then fill it in with the link I want to use and the words I want clickable. There you go, about as easy as it gets without having someone else do the actual mousing and typing for you.
I have to trust someone implicitly to click on a tinyurl link in their post or comment. And even then, I can usually find a good enough reason to skip over it. If folks are hoping for readers to follow their links, using tinyurl loses me.
Am I alone in my unreasoning suspicion…?