When I visited it for the FIRST time, I got this lovely HTTP interaction. That’s SEVEN HTTP 301s, count them, 7, before I get to the destination page.
It would have been 8 redirects if I’d counted t.co as well. Note also that after it bounced around three of Slate’s URL shorteners, it also goes through goog.gl as well.
Every redirect is a one more point of failure, one more domain that can rot, one more server that can go down, one more layer between me and the content.
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