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Monday, February 28, 2011

Twitter users need not worry about bit.ly going down

I was wondering about this myself, since I use Twitter Feed and Twitter Feed uses bit.ly to shorten URL's. Unlike others, I knew that bit.ly was hosted in Libya. But there's no need to worry about the Libyan government shutting bit.ly down.
Until Feb. 15, Twitter users who rely on bit.ly to shorten their Internet links didn't give much thought to what the "ly" stands for. Turns out the "ly" means the domain is registered in Libya, where dictator Colonel Moammar Khadafy restricted Internet access in the wake of unrest.

Bit.ly CEO John Borthwick took to the Q&A site Quora to assure users that, "Should Libya block Internet traffic, as Egypt did, it will not affect http://bit.ly or any .ly do main."

For problems to occur in .ly do mains, all five .ly root servers would have to be offline, he wrote. Of the five, two are in Libya, two are in Oregon and one is in the Netherlands.
Good news....

By the way, if you don't yet follow me on Twitter, you ought to go here and start.

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