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CHI-WEB  July 2006, Week 4

CHI-WEB July 2006, Week 4

Subject:

Re: Ambiguous Web URLs

From:

Jeff Johnson <[log in to unmask]>

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Jeff Johnson <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 15:07:28 +1200

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To head off a potential blizzard of replies, I've already learned 
that this phenomenon of ambiguous web URLs is well-known, but 
somewhat exaggerated.

Some are intentionally ambiguous, to attract hits:
- Pen Island, a pen vendor (http://www.penisland.net).  They did that 
on purpose.

Some are myths, like:
- expertsexchange.com is a url of a domain-squatter, while that of 
Experts Exchange is experts-exchange.com.
- powergenitalia.com is not, as some claim, the url of an italian 
state power generator, but rather a private website of another org.

Others were once true, but no longer are:
- molestationnursery.com was the url of a nursery in Australia, but 
now they re-direct that to their new url: molerivernursery.com.

Background is available at: http://www.snopes.com/business/names/domains.asp

However, additional true examples would still be appreciated.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D.
UI Wizards, Inc.
Erskine Fellow
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering
University of Canterbury
Christchuch, New Zealand

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