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15 December 2009 @ 05:07 pm
"Hey guys! Let's make a branded URL shortener and not actually check what URLs people shorten with it! There's no way this could possibly blow up in our faces!"

::checks watch:: ...and, fail.

From the article: "GOP.am includes a toolbar at the top of the screen that follows users as they click through to see whatever pages the links go to. It also sports an animation of RNC chairman Michael Steele walking around on the lower right as if he’s showing off the website — particularly awkward when that website is the alt.com bondage site."

Minna's first (unofficial) law of web development: If you give end-users a chance to behave like malicious jackasses for the lulz, end-users will behave like malicious jackasses for the lulz.