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Twitter plans to monitor user clicks on links


The Twitter company is really going to track absolutely all clicks on the links, such as those implemented in Twitter itself, in the browser version, and those that are carried out in various third-party applications. The fact is that Twitter has acquired a single-letter domain t.co (by the way, the .co zone is gaining popularity at a very fast pace), where it will post its own URL shortening service. This service will be used to convert absolutely all the links that users place in their microblogs.

This statement was made yesterday, on Wednesday, and immediately many opponents of such a calculation appeared. Remember how a longtime cartoon: "And they counted me ...". I do not remember who they thought and why, but the phrase was remembered. So here, Twitter is going to count all the links, whether users like it or not. Naturally, many people really do not like it, people believe that the rights of service users are violated in this way. In addition, experts fear new evils associated with overloading the service. The centralized monitoring system associated with the service of short links means that the slightest overload will fail the whole system, which even now is not very stable.
Generally speaking, few people expected such a step from the service. Yes, everyone knew that a one-letter domain was purchased, which will be used to create their own short URL service for Twitter, but no one thought that all of this would be used to, in fact, monitor user behavior.

True, Twitter is not the first service that is going to monitor everyone and everything. For example, the same Yahoo! does the same by tracking users through rds.yahoo.com. Bing and Facebook, as some experts believe, use Java scripts to record mouse clicks through the OnMouseDown function. And Google, our corporation is good, is far from being so respectful of the personal information of users, as is commonly believed.

In general, those who do not like such behavior of large companies in relation to their own customers and users can be called paranoid, but personal information is personal because it belongs only to the owner (although who are we cheating, right?).

Monitoring link clicks will be introduced by Twitter no earlier than by the end of this year. So let's see how the whole situation will develop further.

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