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we.b: the web of short urls

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we.b: the web of short urls
Short URLs have become ubiquitous. Especially popular within social networking services, short URLs have seen a significant increase in their usage over the past years, mostly due to Twitter’s restriction of message length to 140 characters. In this paper, we provide a first characterization on the usage of short URLs. Specifically, our goal is to examine the content short URLs point to, how they are published, their popularity and activity over time, as well as their potential impact on the performance of the web. Our study is based on traces of short URLs as seen from two different perspectives: i) collected through a large-scale crawl of URL shortening services, and ii) collected by crawling Twitter messages. The former provides a general characterization on the usage of short URLs, while the latter provides a more focused view on how certain communities use shortening services. Our analysis highlights that domain and website popularity, as seen from short URLs, significantly ...
Demetres Antoniades, Iasonas Polakis, Georgios Kon
Added 15 May 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2011
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Authors Demetres Antoniades, Iasonas Polakis, Georgios Kontaxis, Elias Athanasopoulos, Sotiris Ioannidis, Evangelos P. Markatos, Thomas Karagiannis
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