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Posted on April 26, 2008 1:36 AM in Blogging
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

No matter how many times I refer to them here at my blog, I can never seem to remember whether the "U" in URI and URL stands for "Uniform" or "Universal." As of late, I've been leaning more and more toward the former, but when writing up another post tonight, I decided to check Google just to be sure. Sure enough, a search for "uri stands for" returned the following:

Screenshot of Google Search Results

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first search result was a link directly to an older post of mine titled URI vs. URL, but I was very unpleasantly surprised to see that the post actually says "URI stands for Universal Resource Identifier and URL stands for Universal Resource Locator," when this, in fact, isn't true at all.

A look at Wikipedia quickly clears up the matter, but it's pretty embarrassing to know that the combination of a little Google Juice and some unchecked stupidity have likely managed to cause more confusion than to provide clarification.

May God have mercy on my soul.

Update: Google's misquoting me! Though, I still can be pretty stupid sometimes ;)

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