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Looking for feedback on what the BITLY_PROCESSED tag is used for

8:21 pm on Nov 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Some people at my company are looking at using a service called Tynt which injects links into copied and pasted text. It seems to be a fairly widely used service by publishers.

The hyperlinks it injects into any pasted text include the bitly="BITLY_PROCESSED" HTML tag. The links, however are not shortened to bit.ly links.

Does anyone know what this tag is for?

For example, a copied and pasted segment of text renders as the below in HTML

Some sample text...
<div id="TixyyLink"><br />
Read more: <a bitly="BITLY_PROCESSED" href="http://example.com/news/features/27840/index3.html#ixzz0Xu4FoVWJ">Some sample magazine</a> <a bitly="BITLY_PROCESSED" href="http://example.com/news/features/27840/index3.html#ixzz0Xu4FoVWJ">http://example.com/news/features/27840/index3.html#ixzz0Xu4FoVWJ</a><br />

The service also seems to be injecting the hash tag #ixzz0Xu4FoVWJ into the link itself, I am assuming for tracking purposes while still retaining the link juice to the canonical version of the URL.

[edited by: incrediBILL at 1:21 pm (utc) on Nov. 26, 2009]
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