But sometimes, though, those uncensored Twitter accounts can be used to issue strange comments and offer questionable links. And that’s what it appears the already-confirmed-to-be-questionable T-Rav did just the other day from his.
On the evening of July 10, Ravenel (or someone using his account) quickly submitted 12 tweets in rapid succession. Each of the tweets went to three different persons, and each message offered a link of a URL-shortening and redirecting format.
And what is this shortening/redirecting format, and what’s its intention? Well, a site address can be "shortlinked" with an alternate address that makes the link smaller, using fewer characters and taking up less space. While commonly used all across the ‘net for convenience, it’s actually needed from time to time on Twitter to accommodate its character-count limitations. By now all web surfers and Twitter users are familiar with tinyurl and bit.ly, and Google offers this service, too.
It’s also infamously used to disguise actual links, however, and from detection by all involved. Many sites, hosting companies and servers will block particular website addresses, for example, to avoid promotion of questionable sites that might violate their individual terms of service; many individuals also refrain from clicking on links to sites registered with questionable names, too. Using the URL-shortening tactic with hopes of bypassing any filters, a site like “smut.com” might use a redirecting “google.com/abc123” or “goo.gl/xyz789.”In some cases, and to make actual site content harder to determine, web tricksters will use multiple different redirection links – one alternate URL leads to another alternate, which then finally links to the originally intended website.
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Here's one of those tweets with the first link:
As its message states, that last "shortlink has been disabled” by Google for “violating our Terms of Service.” When you read more about those terms and policies, you’ll see that Google disables particular URL redirects “for spamming or linking to content that may harm other users.”
But apparently at least one person was able to use at least one of Ravenel’s Tweeted links before Google disabled it. And in that person’s reply, it appears the link may have been to a dating (or other type of hook-up) site. Asks @pattinyc1:
“any separated over 60 friends who don’t date 30 yr olds?”
(And just in case they do get removed, they were saved in the images you'll find at the end of this posting. Also, www.politwoops.com - a site that stores all Tweets deleted by political Twitter accounts - would pick them up, too.)
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Of course, there is a possibility that Ravenel’s Twitter account got hacked, and that those messages were issued by someone else. Their apparently-questionable content seem to correspond with Ravenel’s own personal history, however.
Remember: this guy was busted for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute shortly after he won his last political race. It was revealed in his trial that he’d used a gram a week for over 25 years. He’s been a vehement opponent to the “war on drugs” since then, too. And now the 51-year-old reality TV star is the father of a newborn with a 22-year-old woman. He denied it for up to three weeks before the child was born in March 2014. Ravenel said he would consider marrying the less-than-half-his-age female in a second season of the “Southern Charm” series, which features both as cast members, but he might not be able to appear in the show now due to his federal campaign, and which could effectively call off that wedding.
Since this seems to be his lifestyle, then, doesn’t it follow that those Tweets, which appear to offer links to questionable "dating" websites, came directly from T-Rav himself?
Here are images of all 12 of June 10's Tweets (click to enlarge):