When I was writing about the shortlink “invasion” by WordPress a few days ago, I put up this footnote:
And don’t get me started on the fact that they use rel=”shortlink” instead of rev=”canonical”
Well, Dirk got me started so I began to do a bit of research.
I’ve always liked the rev=”canonical” idea – it was proposed by pretty smart people and happy-making sites like Flickr and Dopplr implemented it pretty fast. So there was basically no reason for me not to install the WordPress plugin and happily use the bookmarklet that gives me the rev=”canonical” short url.
All of this happened about a year ago and I liked it and then basically forgot about it. I sure remembered there were some other ideas and naming schemes proposed, but all in all I was pretty sure I was betting on a safe horse. So when I saw that WordPress would support the rel=”shortlink” option, I was a bit confused and a tiny bit annoyed. And I looked around a bit and found this rather dramatically titled, yet smart article on why the shortlink-version is preferable to the canonical one. And of course, there is also a bookmarklet for that.
I’ll have to dig into that – at the moment I’m using the rev=”canonical” plugin with one short domain, yet I mostly send out the tweets about my blog posts with another one, that I have mapped to bit.ly-pro.