Jamie Thomson

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On a Windows Live URL tip again

with 7 comments

Short one this.

Dave Winer is complaining about Google URLs:

For example — a Google Map link to the Empire State Building:  Permalink to this paragraph

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Empire+State+Building,+New+York,+NY&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=46.36116,66.708984&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=A Permalink to this paragraph

why shouldn’t this be, simply: Permalink to this paragraph

http://maps.google.com?q=Empire+State+Building,+New+York,+NY Permalink to this paragraph

I just filled out my profile. Its url is: Permalink to this paragraph

http://www.google.com/s2/profiles/103628798844723879427 Permalink to this paragraph

Why not: Permalink to this paragraph


He’s absolutely right. I’ve had similar quibbles myself about Windows Live when I wrote:

To continue Dave’s theme about profiles, to get to my profile on Windows Live one would have to go to http://cid-550f681dad532637.profile.live.com/. Would http://jamiethomson.profile.live.com/ be so bad?


Written by Jamiet

January 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. totally agree with you!!!"easy-to-remember" URL’s will make Windows Live more popular…

    Luís Felipe

    January 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  2. Not sying I agree but considering it seems to be consistent from do very different providers… is this to prevent squatters or eploits?


    January 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

  3. Maybe they’re geo coordinates? The one for profiles does seem more reasonable, but on the other hand, there are many people who might have the same exact name. Even their middle name! Might not be fair for the people who didn’t get to it first, or weren’t even born at the time. Nicknames in the URL would be fine, just not whole names.


    January 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  4. Yeah I have to agree. If they did give out personlized URLs you would run into the same issues you have with domain names, not to mention censoring.


    January 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm

  5. I think the maps and profile URLs are pretty reasonable – the maps seems to have coordinates while multiple people with the same name would create quite a mess. However, the www is pretty irritating though, and I redirect it for my websites.


    January 18, 2009 at 12:03 am

  6. John/Michael,I agree its ever going to be perfect because one might not get the nam that one wants but personally speaking I would still much rather be known as jamiethomson2 (for example) rather than some incomprehensible GUID.-Jamie


    January 18, 2009 at 12:25 am

  7. Understood Jamie, I was just thinking that was part of the thought process.


    January 18, 2009 at 2:25 am

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