not my best day ever

Users at Facebook who try to click through to posts at FlickFilosopher.com are suddenly encountering this message:


Of course there is absolutely nothing here that constitutes abuse by Facebook’s standards, or by any other.

Looks like the problem may be with bit.ly, the URL shortener, which is used by Twiterfeed, which automatically posts links to Twitter and Facebook.

I just cannot win.

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Newbs
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:03pm

You can do what I do, if you want. Create a subdomain on your account, something like t.flickfilosopher.com, and then use the database to redirect all requests from there via the articles database id number. It wouldn’t take more than an hour or two to code in PHP, using htaccess to redirect, so something like http://t.flickfilosopher.com/256 would auto-redirect to something like http://t.flickfilosopher.com/redirect.php?article=256 which would then redirect to this page with a little bit of php/mysql magic.

It isn’t as short as bit.ly, of course, but you wouldn’t have to rely on them either. Just a thought!

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:13pm

Apart from the fact that I don’t use PHP at this site and don’t have anything like the necessary coding expertise to pull off such a feat, it’s Twitterfeed that uses bit.ly, and Twitterfeed is automated, which means I don’t have to hand-post each and every posting here at both Facebook and Twitter.

There might be a way to tell Twitterfeed to use a different shortening service. The issue is with Facebook. It needs to figure out a way to prevent this kind of thing from happening if it wants to remain useful to many, many users.

Keith
Keith
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:13pm

Worst..technical..glitch..week..ever :(

Can you try another URL shortener? You can also report the problem to FaceBook. Maybe they can help.

Newbs
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:13pm

You can do what I do, if you want. Create a subdomain on your account, something like t.flickfilosopher.com, and then use the database to redirect all requests from there via the articles database id number. It wouldn’t take more than an hour or two to code in PHP, using htaccess to redirect, so something like http://t.flickfilosopher.com/256 would auto-redirect to flickfilosopher.com/redirect.php?article=256 which would then redirect to this page with a little bit of php/mysql magic.

It isn’t as short as bit.ly, of course, but you wouldn’t have to rely on them either. Just a thought!

Newbs
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:14pm

Oh, wow. It didn’t accept my post at first, so I fixed it. Feel free to delete the 2nd one and this one. :)

PaulW
PaulW
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 11:39pm

You have no choice.

You must declare war on Facebook.

Only then can you achieve victory.

Lisa
Lisa
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 9:16am

when you’re Queen of the Internet – this is the shit you have to put up with!

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 10:25am

You can also report the problem to FaceBook. Maybe they can help.

I did report it. We’ll see what, if anything, happens.