Just installed yourls URL shortener PHP script on my domain glevy.me

I did this in part to be able to have my own vanity URL but also as a way to avoid the risk of having my 3rd party URL shortener service close shop (eg. popular URL shortener tr.im shut down) or have all my carefully crafted *.ly shortened URLs suddenly disappear.

Why would my *.ly URLs disappear?

It turns out that all domain names ending in .ly such as the ones used by URL shortening services bit.ly, vb.ly and ow.ly are actually registered and controlled by Lybian domain registry and the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Because of their country regulations for domain registration, all websites running on a .ly domain must comply with Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law in order to maintain their domains. This has resulted in several high profile .ly websites shut down by the Lybian government.

The web is a global network connecting many different points and as such, when we do things online we are often playing and doing business in other countries. As such, as “virtual immigrants” in those countries we are subject to that country’s laws. With increasing globalization, online business development and international interdependence, this trend will only get more pronounced with time.

BTW, in case you are wondering, .me is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Montenegro which means that I’m not fully out of the woods by using glevy.me…

Still, at least for the moment, Montenegro doesn’t have any issues with the USA so my glevy.me domain and shortened URLs should be safe for the immediate future.  😉