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May 11, 2010

If you’re using WordPress, you might not be in charge of your shortlinks anymore:

wp.me is the url shortener of wordpress.com. 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 wordpress.com. Now they found a sneaky little trick to even get blogs not hosted with them to use wp.me: They changed their widely popular stats plugin to add the wp.me-short url. Without any visible settings to turn it on or off, it’s basically by default opt-in. ((And don’t get me started on the fact that they use rel=”shortlink” instead of rev=”canonical” )) And besides one line in the release notes, I could not see any communication about this “shortlink high-jacking:”

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



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