It wasn't widely known that bit.ly
and other url shorteners with the .ly domain designation were registered through a Libyan domain registrar
until a sex-friendly bit.ly competitor was shut down for violating "Our Country's Law and Morality."
For those of you not familiar with url shorteners, they're designed to condense a url so they take up less space, which matters in a 140-character Twitter, for example. So the url address for this post goes from: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/10/the_libya-twitter_connection.php
Rachel Slajda explains the Libya connection