All your shortlinks are belong to us.

If you’re using WordPress, you might not be in charge of your shortlinks anymore: is the url shortener of You might have seen it when someone posted a link to his blog post on twitter. This is all nice and dandy for a hosted solution like Now they found a sneaky little trick to even get blogs not hosted with them to use They changed their widely popular stats plugin to add the url. Without any visible settings to turn it on or off, it’s basically by default opt-in.1 And besides one line in the release notes, I could not see any communication about this “shortlink high-jacking:”

Add shortlink generator. Now shortlinks are available on the Edit Post screen from a button next to View Post.


  1. And don’t get me started on the fact that they use rel=”shortlink” instead of rev=”canonical” []