Swift Software Group

URLs OR The last ugly thing in web apps

Just look at this URL:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70198352&trkid=4213507&t=The+Event%3A+Ssn+1%3A+Us+or+Them#MovieId=70197638&EpisodeMovieId=70198352

Ouch! That is what I see in the Google Chrome address bar, while watching The Event – Us or Them on Netflix.

How about this URL to a page for buying a book from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1847195148?ie=UTF8&tag=viny07-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1847195148

What I want to see is Chrome and every other browser hide the URL garbage after the host name. For example it will be nice to see only netflix.com in the address bar or even better will be just “Netflix”. Everything else should be hidden because it is in fact an implementation detail which few people understand, and even fewer care about.

So here is a feature request for browser developers:Hide the part of the URL after the domain name by default. Then add a switch for showing/hiding full URL on demand.