When I animated the URL bar with emojis I mentioned that I'd like to take it to the next level by putting a teeny game inside the URL bar. Well... Some really fine folks beat me to that. But I still wanted to give it a go ! I just needed to come up with something FRESH to work into it... So while thinking about how I could expand beyond the 1-dimensional movement of a URL bar, it came to me... Popups ! Yes, the bane of early 2000s internet will help me in 2019 achieve my emoji-url-bar-gaming dreams. By just opening a series of popups and overlapping them in a column we create a 2-dimensional display of sorts:
I’ve found a few instances in which Brid.gy will apparently fail to send a webmention (and/or fail to find a target) when the original URL contains an emoji(s). I’d suspect it’s a quirky encoding issue of some sort. I’m sure I’ve seen this issue before on Instagram where it’s probably more likely as the result of emojis in Instagram “titles” when using PESOS methods.
When I subsequently remove the emoji from the permalink, and reprocess Bridgy then has no problem finding the URL and sending the webmention. So at least there’s a “fix” on the user’s side for those experiencing this issue, but only if they’re aware it exists and have the means of executing it.
Example of failed webmention:
(I’ll note that it’s also got a fragment # in the URL, but don’t think this is a part of the issue)
Syndicated copy that was liked: https://twitter.com/ChrisAldrich/status/1129124049068498944#favorited-by-14591484
Bridgy Log: https://brid.gy/log?start_time=1558056830&key=aglzfmJyaWQtZ3lyTAsSCFJlc3BvbnNlIj50YWc6dHdpdHRlci5jb20sMjAxMzoxMTI5MTI0MDQ5MDY4NDk4OTQ0X2Zhdm9yaXRlZF9ieV8xNDU5MTQ4NAw
Example of previously failed webmention that ultimately went through following emoji removal:
Syndicated copy: https://twitter.com/ChrisAldrich/status/1129124049068498944#favorited-by-19844672
Bridgy Log: https://brid.gy/log?start_time=1558714459&key=aglzfmJyaWQtZ3lyTAsSCFJlc3BvbnNlIj50YWc6dHdpdHRlci5jb20sMjAxMzoxMTI5MTI0MDQ5MDY4NDk4OTQ0X2Zhdm9yaXRlZF9ieV8xOTg0NDY3Mgw
Another potential example from Instagram
Done via PESOS from Instagram which I’m sure missed webmentions (though too far back to find the specific logs):
Turn any link into a suspicious looking one
e.g. i.imgur.com/OpYDgt3.gif becomes 666.verylegit.link/warez737speedupurpc.gif.pdf.dmg
Like a URL shortener, but worse
Who needs a shorter link? Not you, my friend. I mean, when you send someone a link, they just click it anyway, so you might as well send 'em a real clanger. This is truly crucial browsing.
Is it safe?
Uhhh well listen I mean it's probably about as safe as a regular URL shortener, but I wouldn't use it for something you're not okay with being randomly redirected to Tinder for Dogs.
Wait so how do I know the link doesn't actually go somewhere dodgy?
You're just gonna have to trust whoever sends it to you.
I want to use this service for my own project
Sure thing. Have a browse of the "documentation" on GitHub.
How does it work?
Due to rapid advancement in dark ritual technology, the programming community has streamlined the development and deployment of unspeakable eldritch horrors. Using robust open-source libraries like a sack of live geese, websites like this one can be developed with far more efficient sacrificial rituals than ever before. We're still stuck on the version with really inefficient sacrifical rituals though, due to comp͆aͭatib̊i̼͕l̈̿i̮̜t̚y̅ ͊i͋s̾s̢͈͠u̶e̛̊s̼̃.
You have to love that they’ve got an API for this…
Who would think that win2003.verylegit.link/GNdHusvKjuK~r~YH,arT-server1337+333resumemobiads=shockwave-flash_.min.js.sh.docm would actually resolve to boffosocko.com?!
makes your links longer
Forget about link shorteners, let’s make them longer!!
URLs How? was a session at IndieWebCamp Düsseldorf 2019.
Aaron Parecki is right, this is pretty awesome… If only this were doable on TLDs…
I can see Aaron Parecki or Marty McGuire using the timecode bits along with their audio related pages with media fragments.
In case you’ve missed it, there has been some work in this area which may mitigate this issue:
Typically in my experience, a freestanding “m” subdomain is often used to host and indicate the mobile version of a website. I’ve just noticed that the URL design of Signal v. Noise instead uses their
https://m.signalvnoise.com subdomain to presumably indicate “Medium”, the social silo that hosts their content.
Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they’re…
💼 Portable – you don’t need a server to host them
👁 Private – nothing is sent to–or stored on–this server
🎁 Easy to share as a link or QR code
This is an curious and interesting way to build a website… but talk about a URL problem…