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July 01, 2009

Another Banned URL Shortener

The "The Business News" spammer who uses URL shortening services (noted here and here) has shown me another shortening service that doesn't give a crap about spam abuse reports — even though they solicit such reports directly on their home page.

I am now adding hurl.ws to my destructo spam filters. It's too bad, because on the surface they look like they want to do the right thing. Moreover, the outfit appears to be run by bluespark.co.nz, a fellow iPhone app developer (yeah, that's sort of been my day job recently). They advertise the service thusly:

Hurl is a url shortening service with a difference, ....

I guess the difference is that they turn a deaf ear to abuse complaints.

In return, my email server turns a deaf ear to any email message (from a non-whitelisted sender) whose body contains a hurl.ws URL. What's Maori for "Adios, amigos"?

Posted on July 01, 2009 at 11:43 PM