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Entries tagged urls in 2010

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Is it a good idea to allocate URLs such as quora.com/username to users?

There’s an interesting discussion about this issue on this question: How do sites prevent vanity URLs from colliding with future features ?

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Is there any consensus yet on link rel=shorturl vs rev=canonical?

It’s pretty clear from the answers that rev=canonical v.s. rel=canonical is way too confusing—so it’s down to rel=shortlink v.s. rel=shorturl.

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Why doesn’t Facebook use nicer URLs?

Just noticed this link: http://www.facebook.com/notes/fa...—so it looks like things are beginning to improve.

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Why don’t more websites use alternative domains?

Because regular human beings don’t understand them, and expect everything to be a .com. Here’s an interesting post from 2007 on why Topix.net spent $1,000,000 buying the .com domain: http://www.skrenta.com/2007/03/k...

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How do sites prevent vanity URLs from colliding with future features ?

For wildlifenearyou.com and djangopeople.net I used the same trick as described by others in this list—an enormous blacklist of everything I could possibly want to use for a future feature.

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