Saturday, October 18, 2008

Spell like your links depend on it

Typos can prove a lucrative business.

If you consider how many times a day college students type in the URL to their favorite site, Facebook, it's easy to see that somewhere along the way a mistake will be made.

A letter on the keyboard could accidentally be pressed twice, or a letter next to the correct one could be pressed instead.

For instance, an eager student could suddenly find themselves not at Facebook but at faceboook.com.

Said typo redirects to a site called The Brain Quiz, enticing users to score their IQ while giving away personal information. What better way to spend your time?

Or, it's just as easy to accidentally type gacebook.com, which redirects to a site called Find That Someone Special.

At first glance it's a perfect site for Lee students looking for that ring, but closer inspection reveals a book site that sells "romantic" texts which may not exactly line up with the Community Covenant.

There are other misspellings too, which ultimately link to raunchy sites that don't deserve the server space they use to exist.

For the most part, however, these misspellings simply lead to one of those helpful (but really not) "related searches" pages.

Ah, the snares of the web. Spell like your links depend on it.

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