That shortened URL just might be spam
With the exploding popularity of Twitter, more people than ever are using services that shorten Web addresses, such as Tinyurl.com, which translates a long Web address into one short enough to be tucked into a 140-character message. Perhaps inevitably, spammers have taken note. Spam-filter provider MessageLabs, a division of Symantec, has found that the number of shortened addresses that are actually spam — deceptively linking to a questionable site — has risen dramatically in the past couple of months.
The percentage of shortened URLs that are spam:
Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.