pro-tip: if you ever get a link that you don't trust, add a "+" to the end of the URL so you can be taken to the info page instead

e.g.: ->

This also works with a lot of other shortened links as some of them are branded links and some other services have copied that function:

e.g. ->

Why do people still use link shorteners? Char limited social networks like Mastodon and Twitter use a fixed size for every link and unlimited social networks, forums, blogs etc don't need shortening anyways

Actually I have one use case for URL shorteners: Posting URLs that a URL parser parses wrong. But that's pretty rare, mostly you can get away with percent-encoding some punctuation.

@clacke @mhmd
Hmm ok, I never used IRC and didn't thouhgt about that🤔 How large is the character limit in IRC chats?

@midas @mhmd

I encountered one or two cases where it seemed to make some sense. For example providing a link in a picture.

But on the info page you are nevertheless exposed to privacy risks: server in USA, several third-party connections (Amazon, Google Analytics) storing 15 cookies...

If a link is not really important to me, I just leave it aside. Else, I use an online tool like this one to see where it leads:

@mhmd Cool tips, thanks for sharing. It's been forever since I've seen a link shortener tho.
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