Update: FIXED -Bitly Blocked By OpenDNS

 

Update – this seems to have been a short term glitch in the fabric of the interweb and corrected itself just after I posted.

I just went to follow a link on Twitter and discovered it was blocked by OpenDNS

Bit.ly URL Shortener has been blocked by OpenDNS

Bit.ly URL SHortener has been blocked by OpenDNS

I must admit I did smile – I know at least one friend’s site that is reported by bit.ly to be a phishing site, notable SEO and ninja link builder Jim Boykin.

That being said, Bit.ly is the default URL shortener for Twitter, and receives 31% of their measurable traffic from Twitter, thus both are growing like weeds.

What Are OpenDNS & How Big A Deal Is This?

OpenDNS is like a yellow pages for internet resources, an important internet backbone.

Just a few days ago they reported serving 14,000,000,000 requests in a single day. That is a lot.

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I use OpenDNS because web pages open faster when I use them, and the DNS provided by my Internet Service Provider doesn’t recognise when I type in URLs without WWW.

Looks like I am going to have to use SU.PR or Cli.gs for a while

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I use bit.ly for my own URL shortening purposes … with the recent surge (nay, crescendo) in Twitter traffic, it's not surprising to see such a tremendous increase in bit.ly traffic over the past few months. I can't imagine OpenDNS will have them blocked for much longer.

    I love the OpenDNS – the “open hierarchy” concept seems like it can/should be applied virtually everywhere. What other advantages are there to it?

  2. says

    Lots of the services provide extensive click statistics, one of the major failings of TinyURL.
    I haven't actualy played with Tr.im, there are so many of them.

  3. says

    This wasn't a DNS error, it was OpenDNS blocking the site – the IP addresses you provided are for the DNS at OpenDNS, thus wouldn't solve the problem.

  4. says

    No doubt I've seen some really weird thing happening with opendns over the past couple months. I've noticed that all my search results on opendns are totally different then when using my ISP's DNS servers.

  5. says

    I've noticed that OpenDNS returns different results on Google for some reason. A bit strange when your trying to find out where your site really exists in the results.

  6. says

    I've noticed that OpenDNS returns different results on Google for some reason. A bit strange when your trying to find out where your site really exists in the results.

  7. says

    I just switched my DNS to openDNS because Verizon's DNS servers just stopped working. It's a business account and for the amount of money that is spent with them, it's hard to believe that the service they provide is so lousy. I've been happy all day with openDNS, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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