URL shorteners, ‘this link will self destruct in….’

I just read the WSJ article (http://wless.in/shortener ) about the risks associated with bit.ly / tinyURL etc and maintaining link integrity.  The ideas, as has been commonly addressed in the tech industry for a while, but is crossing over into mainstream consciousness, is that if a redirection service, like URL shortener, disappeared, billions of links would go dead.  People who want to preserve those links feel that this is ‘risky’

I totally agree that this is a big risk if you want to preserve your links… but it actually got me thinking that there is probably a value in a service that actively removes those links after a window of time or non-use.  For instance, the WSJ article speaks about a risk around legal discovery — if you send a link to someone, and then the link dies, how will people know where you were sending them?  Thinking that a bad thing seems to be only half of the equation.

So, just like ‘going off the record’ in Gmail chat — perhaps it is time for someone to create a self destructing redirection/URL shortening service –  so that when you email your buddy a link and he stores it in Gmail — the link itself will only works once, or for a day, etc.  Not sure how big the market is, but I suspect it would provide value to someone.

, Reminds me of how a drop.io drop expires after a period of non-use.

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