Short Domain Trust Issues

My name is Garrett and I have Short Domain Trust Issues.

I noticed this morning as I was going through my Twitter feed that I am much more inclined to follow certain short domain names over others (regardless of the content supporting the link or the person who tweeted it).

Example.  Today I ran across a short domain and just passed it by, but clicked nearly all the URLs.  For some reason, I just figured nothing behind a URL could be something I cared about seeing.

The odd part is that it turns out is a service, which led me to think about why I trust one short domain more than another (especially when both are effectively hiding where I’m headed).

  • Is it because it doesn’t appear to be more than a random string of three characters?
  • Is it because I’ve never seen it before?

Not sure I’ve figured it out, just food for thought.