[Noisebridge-discuss] t.co no! Bookmarklet

pdbogen at cernu.us pdbogen at cernu.us
Wed Jun 19 22:31:05 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 03:09:10PM -0700, Garrett Smith wrote:
> I've installed the t.co bookmarklet for Firefox on the community
> machine (the computer that others can use).
> The purpose of the bookmarklet is to avoid Twitter tracking and to
> speed up navigation.
> https://gist.github.com/GarrettS/2969301
> To "install" simple copy the shortened URL and paste it into the
> bookmarklets bar. Visit Twitter.com and click the bookmarklet. It will
> add some javascript to fix those t.co URLs to the real URLs.
> It will work on most browsers but not IE. I never bothered. THere is a
> plugin for Opera and if anyone wants to help out, we can make one for
> FIrefox.
> Rationale:
> T.co is ostensibly to make Twitter safer. And that to me sounds like
> something government would say -- we're tracking you to keep you safe!
> It's for your own good, because we know best! And all the while
> Twitter is boggled with simple problems caused by their incompetent
> web developers, e.g. push the R or L arrow key on twitter.com to see
> the js error and broken kbd scroll navigation. The fact that they use
> Modernizr and jQuery (and I recall at one point they used two versions
> of jQuery) says it all.

Hmmm... install this script to keep you safe from those other guys. Sounds 
like something government would say.

Anyway, yeah, there are analytics collected on t.co links, but they're not 
"tracking you." The main point is that all links that are tweeted pass through 
the t.co system and get scanned to block spam/malware, and you get shortening 
for free.

Feel free to use his script, though. Seems harmless.
Patrick Bogen .
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