Oh, fun

I think Wonkette and Balloon-Juice have pretty much worn out this new toy, but there’s still fun to be had.

The always entertaining GOP website has come up with a link shortener like Tiny URL, except the GOP’s version promises to make “long URLs Conservative“.  (They want their own Wiki, their own bible, their own URL shortener, what’s next, their own facts?  Oh wait…)

Yes, this nifty little app “conservatizes” your URL by making a shorter one that contains “gop” and shows the GOP website banner at the top and bottom of the linked page.   That such an application might be used for sinister purposes seems fairly obvious to me, but apparently it didn’t occur to the GOP’s web guys that — oh no, cover your eyes!

(from comments at Wonkette)

This thing’s been operating for about a day and already Wired is reporting it’s been taken down, although it still seems operative as I write this.  Make hay while the sun shines.

12 Responses to “Oh, fun”

  1. 1 Shade Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    They’re having such trouble with remembering long URLs I decided to make their life even easier.


    There we go!

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Shade – That’s probably one of the only prank uses that’s happened all day that they’d be okay with.

    Most of the links are broken now, but some of the ones at Wonkette are still live and they’re hilarious.

  3. 3 Shade Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Well it made it twice as republican!

    I always wondered why their party animal is an Elephaunt considering their not a native of America. You think they’d pick a native animal.

  4. 5 Shade Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Well that was an interesting story. Makes sense now.

  5. 6 Bleatmop Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 8:25 pm



    Epic Fail?

  6. 7 Reality Bites Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Putting aside the potential for mockery, what a pointless thing to do.

    Let’s say there was one for an organization you thoroughly approve of. You still wouldn’t want to see their stupid banner eating up your precious screen space.

  7. 8 Parliament Shill Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah it’s a tangent, but I followed the KKK link. After giggling on my own for many minutes, I just had to share the news that the KKK (despite the GOP banners having been wrapped around it above) is actually socialist! Not by name and not in any true form, of course, but certainly what could be denounced as socialist under current Washington standards. Yup, here’s their party manifesto:

    “[Taxes] should be used to support the decaying Social Security and Medicare programs, to help send kids to college, and to rebuild our infrastructure… We also promote an aggressive search for and use of non-polluting and clean energy sources such as solar energy.”

    I had no idea there was a constituency that wanted to lynch black people but also supported universal (seniors’) healthcare and wanted to abolish coal-fired power plants. Of course, it’s hard to miss behind their “White Christian” ranting and, of course, the requisite “use our Visa or MasterCard NOW.”

  8. 9 JJ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    RB – I know… it’s really dumb. The idea is that people will make all their favourite sites into these shortened GOP urls, bookmark them, and always have the GOP’s logo and stuff framing whatever site they’re on. Duh.

    It’s also considered kind of bad netiquette to frame another website with your own stuff. But I think it’s just another way to keep that “DONATE TO THE GOP” button at eye level at! all! times!

  9. 10 JJ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Parliament Shill – The KKK is like any other socially conservative organization (although their extreme bigotry is not representative of the average socon) — statist as long as they’re the ones running the state.

  10. 11 Reality Bites Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Is that the idea? I can’t conceive of anyone doing that – why would they? If I’m going to bookmark a site, why would I care how long the URL is?

    You’re on a site, you click on “Add Bookmark” (or whatever term your browser uses) and you’re done.

    Only time I would use tinyURL is to send a super-long link to someone or post it in a message that won’t take the full thing.

    I guess I might use something like this if I was unaware of good URL-shorteners, but I think people like that blithely send unusable or superlong URLs hither and yon anyway.

    (TinyURL always makes me think of a tiny Earl, and therefore I smile whenever I see it. If they called this thing TinyGOP or better yet, InvisibleGOP, I might like it too)

  11. 12 JJ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    RB – Yeah I think that’s the idea, they say it makes your web experience more conservative. *heave*

    The only time I use tiny url is on Twitter, or like you said, when I’m sending someone a link and it’s too long. But as for this GOP thing, I’d find the frame annoying.

    However, it does make for some fun screenshots!

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