FYI, when sharing a link, check if the following are present in the URL
#sm.( followed by random string)
These are “engagement trackers” and they can reveal your source for the URL
Consider the #privacy implications if you include them. They’re not needed for the website you’re visiting to actually show you the content
Via Tim Chase
Here’s a way to clip the utm_* params
@cypnk All these years of seeing those on URLS and it never occurred to me to think about what they were.
@lordbowlich We don’t normally look at the URL that closely so it’s easy to miss what they mean
@cypnk there are browser extensions you can install to strip them out
@technomancy That does involve installing YetAnotherExtension and I have to trust the developer isn’t after my privacy too. Either way it’s good to be aware of what these are
@cypnk I cloned one from source, hopefully no need to trust the author when you can verify. But yeah, you should be aware for sure.
@cypnk it was mentioned a while ago that masto should perhaps strip them anyway
@LottieVixen On the surface, that could be a solution for some instances. But editing links does raise other issues like control over posted content
Also, the tracking itself can be dealt with somewhat with Tor and such, but the issue is that the "utm_campaign" which can be unique and can reveal where the URL was found originally
@cypnk yeah I know some utm stuff, hmm... that is probably why it wasn't taken up
@cypnk I always wanted to write a browser extension that remove them, does one exist?
@cypnk I've been cleaning these out since long before I knew about the privacy implications. ^^;
@cypnk It may sound silly, but the main reason why I remove those trackers is because I don't want to share an ugly URL, if I can avoid to
@miramarco I know the feeling. It just looks so much nicer
I also found that I’m more likely to click a “clean” link with fewer parameters. Somehow seeing a bunch of them is a turn off
@cypnk I wrote a short url resolver that doesn't load the final link, that was designed for the Potato chat application.
It knows of a set of worst offenders like Twitter. That way people following your shared won't be tracked.
@cypnk I can't help but feel that there's an add-on for Firefox and Chrome waiting to be written here.
Thanks to @angristan, I was made aware of this plugin:
I'm sure there are some more out there for both browsers
@cypnk greasemonkey to the rescue?
@cypnk I often delete all but utm_source and that I set to “fuck-off”. Hoping there’s some marketing guy looking at a report somewhere wondering how that got in there...
@cypnk is there a browser extension that removes them from any link you click?
@loke I believe some are being worked on right now, but I don't know of one that is currently available for installation. I would very much welcome it
@cypnk I'd love to see a browser extension that immediately strips those out before requesting the URL
@dukhovni Some are being made, but I don't know of any that are currently doing this
@cypnk just learned recently, that QuteBrowser removes them by default! :3
@LottieVixen Oh! Thanks for this. Checking it out now
@LottieVixen This is very helpful. I completely forgot about “ref” too
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!