AP Finally Learns That On The Internet, You Can Link To Other Sites

from the about-time dept

Well, look at that. The Associated Press has reached 1993 or so, and realized that they can (and probably should) link to other sites when reporting on a story that those other sites reported first. Of course, they're still learning some of HTML's features, such as the idea that you can link to actual words in a story. Instead, they'll be putting the links (via Bitly) in parentheses right after they cite the source.
Pickups will now include a parenthetical bit.ly link to the original story, in addition to the credit. So in the fireworks story, you might see: “According to the Boston Globe report (http://bit.ly/pDHZ6h)...” The change will be most noticeable on state wires, where pickups are common.
And, of course, they're still working out the kinks. Apparently, some of the tests didn't show up as links, but instead showed the full HTML text for a link (i.e., <a href="...">). Oops. Still, we welcome the Associated Press to the world wide web. Look around, you might enjoy it. Just, please, skip over the blink tag phase.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2011 @ 4:13pm

    Oh, good choice, AP, good choice...

    bit.ly is, like all URL redirectors, so absolutely overrun with spam and abuse that it's found its way onto numerous blacklists. Apparently the crack Internet-savvy techies at the AP missed that bit of fairly common knowledge. So instead of providing links that actually go somewhere useful, they're going to rely on a kludge...that's not going to be accessible to anyone whose site has those blacklists in place on its web filters.

    Duh.

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