Originally Posted by HostLeet
Personally, I don't click on tinyurl links unless I know the person who provided the link. You can shorten a link by other means that make it more trust worthy, like using php.
Agreed. You just never know to what kind of crap this shortcut link will take you (or what's inside of it - a tracking/affiliate code, etc). I am always very cautious when I see one.
I don't like information that's hidden overall, and its more ethical, in my opinion, to link openly and directly for other people to see what the link is and where it leads.