Whilst playing around the old shortened URLs, it would seem that Google are now offering suggestions if the URL you try to follow is broken or incorrect. I took my profile page from the WMA website and shortened it to:
You will get some other suggestions from Google as to the links you are looking for:
Obviously, the alternatives have no relevance whatsoever to the original shortened link, but it's interesting to see that Google is indexing shortened URLs to be utilised in such a way - I will be more impressed if in the future, they were to offer shortened URLs that actually link to the same domain as the initial URL which has gone wrong. I know, that's a massive ask and near impossible to do (well, I reckon it'd be impossible) but this is Google, and they know everything on the interweb.
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