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Yahoo Acquires Bread (The Company, Not The Food)

Yahoo Acquires Bread (The Company, Not The Food)

By Chris Crum October 15, 2013

Yahoo has acquired URL-shortening service Bread. This is a talent acquisition, not a product acquisition. Bread CEO Alan Chan made the announcement on the company’s homepage. He writes: When we launched Bread in 2011, our goal was to help social …

When Tweeting with URL Shorteners Goes Wrong
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Former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman is of course running for Governor of California. A spokesperson working for her has provided us all with a lesson about being careful with our social media content, and to always check our links before we share them with the world. 

Google Makes URL Shortener Available at Goo.gl
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Google has had its own URL shortener for some time. It just didn’t make it available for general use. It was always attached to various Google products. That changes now, as Google has given it is own site at goo.gl. It’s called simply, Google URL Shortener. 

URL Shorteners and Community-Driven Link Building
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You hear over and over again how important it is to participate in the community when it comes to social media and search marketing. Well, that’s mostly because it’s true.

Google acknowledged this in a recent post to the Webmaster Central blog, which we discussed further here.

Digg to Stop Shortening URLs for Just Any Sites
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About a month ago, Digg CEO Jay Adelson stepped down, and Founder Kevin Rose stepped in to take his place. It didn’t take long – the next day in fact – for Rose to begin making some changes.

Who Owns Your Content?
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Have you ever wondered what would happen to your content on third-party sites if those sites ceased to exist? You may own your content on them as it stands now, but what if they went away? 

Would you be ok if your tweets or your status updates disappeared? Discuss here.

YouTube Now Has a URL Shortener
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YouTube has launched its own URL shortener, but it is not like other URL-shorteners, because it can only be used specifically with YouTube videos. This way, YouTube says, when you click on one, you know you’re going to a YouTube video no matter what. That should certainly cut down on the likelihood that you could be going to a malicious site.

Facebook Wants You To Post to Twitter
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This week Facebook will reportedly be rolling out the ability to send status updates to Twitter directly from the publisher box. There are apps that cater to the cross-posting of updates between the two social networks, but this would mark the first time Facebook itself actually encouraged it.

Facebook URL Shortener Makes Appearance

Long URLs cut into character limits, are difficult to remember, and simply look awkward.  Quite a little industry has sprung up in response.  Only it looks like a major player is now entering the game, as a URL shortener created by Facebook has been sighted.

Google Now Has Its Own URL Shortener
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Google made a couple of announcements today that actually combined for perhaps a more interesting announcement than either of them as stand-alone news items.

Bit.ly Teams Up with Yfrog on Image Sharing
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Update: The YFrog and bit.ly partnership is now live. A YFrog spokesperson says that with Apple announcement that iPod nanos will now come equipped with video cameras – this opens a new, inexpensive way for people to capture video and then post it to Twitter.

What’s Been Going on with TweetMeme?
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Update 2: Tweetmeme is now created  a new URL-shortening service – Rep.ly – for use exlcusively with its commenting system, making it easier to retweet TweetMeme comments on a story and get users further engaged with content (via Mashable).

Meanwhile, TweetMeme has also put together a couple of videos showing the functionality of the retweet button and the new bookmarklet.

Update: TweetMeme Launched it’s new version on Friday, and it is a "complete revamp" of the site. According to the company, it "encompasses a total rewrite of our scoring system, filtering engine and a whole raft of user interface enhancements and tweaks."

Bit.ly Shortens URL Shorteners
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URL-shortening service bit.ly, the favorite of Twitter, has introduced a new URL-shortening service, or an extension of the original one rather. The new one is j.mp, which as you can see by looking at it resides at a domain with very few characters.

That is exactly the reason bit.ly has introduced it. The company says that for some people, "every character counts," and that is certainly true in the Twitter age, where a maximum of 140 characters is allowed per tweet.

Ushering In a Whole New Era of Linking Questions
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Update: Tr.im has apparently had a change of heart, and decided to remain functional. On the company blog, Tr.im’s founder says:

We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.

Short URL Spam a Big Threat in August

Spammers are taking particular advantage of the heightened interest in health-related issues like swine flu and healthcare reform to distribute large shortened-URL spam runs using the Donbot botnet, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs.

StumbleUpon Makes Big Improvements to Toolbar
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A while back, StumbleUpon launched web stumbling, which allowed users to enjoy their StumbleUpon experience without having to download the toolbar, which was previously a requirement. If you’ve been a user of the service for a significant length of time, you’ve probably grown quite accustomed to that toolbar. Sometimes I forget it’s not just part of Firefox.

Digg Sets Record Straight on DiggBar URLs
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There has been a lot of talk about the DiggBar and its handling of URLs this week, after the company implemented some changes in its service. To clear the air, Digg has addressed the situation.

Digg CEO Jay Adelson issued the following statement on Digg the Blog: