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Google newsgroup links made easier


© June 2004 Tony Lawrence

Dirk Hart cut his "too long" URL out of an earlier post I had made referencing a Google news archive posting. I was being lazy and sloppy; it's easy to create much shorter Google News links. All you need is the Message ID, and tag that onto the end of this:

https://groups.google.com/groups?selm=

You'll find the message id by asking Google to show you the "Original Format"; it looks like this:

Message-ID: <20040624092936.GH16829@sco.com>

Tack on the id (leave out the < and >) after the "selm="

Google News is a convenient way to refer to News posts. If you are reading News with something else, you don't have to wait for the post to be archived by Google to create a reference; simply construct it as shown here, and when Google gets to it, your link will work. For example, here's the above article in this format: https://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20040624092936.GH16829@sco.com


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