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Been on the web since 1996 ... never understood this shortening stuff ... why does it exist? Who does the work? Who benefits? And please tell me who gets the bucks for doing it?
when it ought to be saying
more information available at http://example.com/directory/12345/subdir/abcde.php?this=1&that=2&other=3&extras=insanely-long-complicated-string
more information available at <a href = "http://example.com/directory/12345/subdir/abcde.php?this=1&that=2&other=3&extras=insanely-long-complicated-string">this great page</a>
Why are the URLs visible in the first place?
Note: the other posts were chatter, not explanations on WHY someone SHOULD do this).
Primarily invented for twitter and the days of 140 characters