dot US URL Shortener on Libya Adult Content Shutdown of vb.LY - "I TOLD you so!"

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"Told you so," patriotic OneCent.US URL shortener's Bill Purkins said about the Libyan Government shutdown of vb.LY's adult content violations of Libyan and Islamic law. We, however? Only ones who detect adult content and bolt “Xrated” onto the link.

"Told you so," patriotic OneCent.US URL shortener's Bill Purkins said about the Libyan Government shutdown of vb.LY's adult content violations of Libyan and Islamic law. We, however? Only ones who detect adult content and bolt “Xrated” onto the link.

"Their links now? Kaput! Broken. They say they'll be back, but that's a hollow statement," said Purkins, whose pro-USA URL Shortener launched July 4th, 2010 and 8 weeks later was ranked the number 633,657th most visited web site in the world out of an estimated 205 million, or as Purkins is quick to say, "one in a million. Do the math."

My biggest competitor, bit.LY is probably have a meeting right now at 9 pm in the evening because they've got a Libyan domain name too and are probably pretty worried, especially since I just checked Twitter statistics and in the last hour people tweeted 21 links that they hosted that were promoting a 7 letter word that's commonly used to describe an act performed with the mouth. I won't say it here naturally."

"As a sort of journalist, albeit Gonzo, myself, I decided to be fair and I did the same query with my URL name and the same sexual act. Zero hits. Not in the last hour. At all. You think it has something to do with the fact that our system is the only URL shortener in the world to my knowledge that interrogates the links people shorten on our site and if we detect adult content we slap on "Xrated" on the end to warn of it?

And I've just decided that I will do the same for Libya. If I see a Libyan IP Address on my system I will not allow them to shorten obvious pornographic links. No problem with that. When in Rome. Even the Apostle Paul complied with the Romans. Their laws were contrary to the laws of God as he saw it so he did the honorable thing and broke the law of the land. Did half his life in the slammer. Tough guy. Tougher than the mob. Refused to rat out his buddy Jesus."

"So, Colonel Qadaffi? If adult content is a violation of Islamic and Libyan law? I won't let users with Libyan IP addresses spread it on the Internet, and I'll warn them with an X rating on the link when detected, best I can do. I respect the Islamic religion as I do all religions. I'm sorry that vb.ly is in this mess and hopefully from a business standpoint perhaps you can come to an agreement to let the site operate again if they do something like what my company does. I did it originally to set an example, and I have warned people from day one that this exact sort of thing might happen some day. I just hope that bit.LY doesn't turn out to have violated the same law, as that would mean half the short links in the world would suddenly be dead."

"Good for my business maybe. I'm a dot US domain. But I bear no animosity to my 1,099 plus competitors including industry giant bit.LY. I consider myself lucky that I chose a dot US domain name instead of a foreign one that has nothing to do with my country, just to save a single character when I shorten a URL."

http://OneCent.US is a red, white and blue themed patriotic free URL shortener site used primarily on Twitter. They donate 90% of their advertising revenue to charities and also provide a wealth of other services, including free hosting, promotional, marketing, writing services, social network management, coaching as well as brand and product development. They have recently moved into providing political campaign support services to boost Twitter followers, web site traffic and increased campaign donations with some innovative and possible never before seen techniques, with extremely encouraging results. They are also seeking capital funding.

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