The Libya-Twitter Connection

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

to:

http://bit.ly/aFET8P.

Rachel Slajda explains the Libya connection.