Skip to comments.Conservative Link Shortener GOP.am Aims to Prank the Pranksters
Posted on 12/20/2009 6:11:23 AM PST by lward99
One good link hijack deserves another.
Prank URLs blocked by the Republican party's new-media consultancy on GOP.am now lead to "action pages" that support the GOP.
Pranksters riddled a new Republican-branded URL-shortening service this week with unwelcome links juxtaposing the GOP brand with ironic web pages, such as one featuring a sex toy in the likeness of Barack Obama. The pranks forced the partys web consultant, Political Media, to block certain URLs manually and work on implementing an automatic filtering system.
Now the Republicans are hoping to have the last laugh. Political Media recently flipped a switch redirecting the blocked URLs to GOP action pages, Wired.com has learned, such as the one pictured to the right.
Initially, we deleted them, and they went to an invalid page, said Political Media president Larry Ward. In the spirit of good-fun politics, weve re-pointing them all to a GOP action page.
Thats for thousands of links, and liberals are posting them all over the place on the net, he continued. Basically, the left is helping the right promote these actions.
Political Media said it will also implement an automatic filter, starting Saturday, that attempts to direct future pranks to the same GOP action pages, by looking for certain words in the linked-to pages.
I think we got the last laugh, continued Ward. Everyday, whatever the relevant issue is, Im going to go in there and point them to some GOP action.
However, the pranks may have been effective to some degree. Political Media launched a second website for those conservatives who want their own URL, tcot.me, which works the same way GOP.am does. (TCOT apparently stands for top conservatives on Twitter.) The new service provides conservatives (or pranksters who want to look like conservatives on Twitter) a new domain name thats not (yet?) associated with the pranks.
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