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Jordi @JordiGH

I love that all urls take 23 characters of your 500 limit, regardless of actual url length. This means there's absolutely no need to use url shorteners on masto. I bet this isn't widely known, so let this be a for you.

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@JordiGH I love that our instance has a meme cap of 65535 instead of an arbitrary number someone decided made sense. We didn't have any limit but someone posted 4MB of text and it started to choke, I think.

@djxejms idk, let's try pasting a gigabyte of url and see what happens.

@JordiGH Hadn't even noticed.

I suppose I should tear down my URL shortening server at some point. Haven't used it in years.

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The fact that BirdSite used to do its own url shortening on urls that were already shortened annoyed the hell out of me. A friend pointed out they probably did it to virus check all shortened urls, but all I could think of is how then storing the real url means they could monetise from knowing what i link to. When you don't pay for the product...

@ciarancolgan Yeah, it does seem kind of insidious, doesn't it?

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Totally. Once you see yourself as the product, all these seemingly harmless decisions start to add up...

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That way they can monitor who clicked on the link even when the tweet is integrated on another site (otherwise they could just do it with JS)

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Absolutely. There's no technical reason to do this, it's purely to monetise your every click and to maximise what they know about your habits to better advertise to you

@JordiGH Wait what if the url's under 23 characters long?

@onf It still takes up 23. So this actually should discourage people from using shorteners!

@JordiGH On a more serious note I have just learned Tusky is not aware of this rule. In any direction.

@JordiGH Also in some ways a nice (albeit indirect) security enhancer.

@JordiGH I wonder how they settled on the number 23.

@paluche 22 is too short and 24 is too long.

@JordiGH but why 23?

It's the ninth prime number but doesn't seem to have nice characteristics like 31

@alex_ Normal people thinking: "Cool a new feature!" Nerd people thinking, "how can I cause the most mayhem with this?"

@JordiGH somehow this made my browser lag.
Maybe they examine soft limit on a per-char basis.

@JordiGH thinking of which, I'm sure that 500 is the soft cap and there will be a hard cap somewhere else. Limiting the size of packages is helpful in decentralized networks.

Tried to transmit 1.7 MB of high-quality kiwi close-ups
Juicy green fruits (CC0)