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Old Mar 5, 2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Embedded URLS and Georiot

I embedded the URL

http://www.amazon.com/Delock-Externa.../dp/B00HESVYCE

in this post.

It works fine when I view it immediately, but if I leave and then revisit the page, the following is added to the beginning of the URL in the link:

http://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?TSID=3088&GR_URL=

This directs it to somewhere else entirely.

When I edit the post, all is as intended and none of the georiot stuff is in there. I'm using Firefox 27 but get the same results in Chrome and Safari.

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And now I can confirm it's done the same thing to the same link in this post as well.

The only links not getting the georiot stuff are the local ones.
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Old Mar 5, 2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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I believe it is a service that monetizes URLs posted in forums for the site owner.
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Old Mar 5, 2014, 11:23 AM   #3
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MacRumors (MR) has always automatically appended their Amazon affiliate account number to Amazon links so if someone clicked your link and bought the Amazon product MR would get a slice of the revenue.

Looks like this new service is an "upgrade" to that system that handles problems with you posting an Amazon US link and me living in the UK for example. If I clicked your US link GeoRiot will change the link to take me to the Amazon UK link so I could complete the purchase and MR still gets their revenue.

At least that is what appears to me is occurring.
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Old Mar 5, 2014, 11:38 AM   #4
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Yes, there's a Georiot autolinker that maps amazon links to their regional amazon stores.

I can see how it might be disconcerting if you aren't expecting it. Will look into that.

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