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VT802.us stalls just short of the starting gate

FYI => Today was supposed to be sprint for the finish line day for VT802.us – The World’s First Vermont-centric URL Shortener.  Sprint I did. Unfortunately it was into a 100 MPH headwind.

The good news is, I finally got the Facebook page set up.I also added some code that will allow the large background image—it’ll make sense when you finally get to see the site—to be selected randomly from a pool of images. I thought the variety would add a nice touch.

The not so good news is, I run into an unanticipated “bug” with AddThis and sharing a shortened link to Facebook. Apparently, when sharing to Facebook via AddThis, Facebook will expand (i.e., de-shorten) URLs that have been shortened. Obviously, VT802.us being a URL shortener, this is unacceptable.

I found what looked to be a pretty straight forward workaround in the AddThis docs and in the forum. Long story short, I then wrestled with that for the better part of the afternoon. Still it doesn’t work.

About an hour ago I posted to the AddThis forum and hope to have it sorted soon. Tomorrow? Once VT802.us is beta launched I’ll give the AU_WPing press release capabilities a workout on KYR.

Notice how the various tools and toys are coming together.

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