Just to clarify - we do (and have since early alphas) registered the
hifi:// URL scheme with the operating systems. As @ctrlaltdavid mentions, this works fine to allow launching the interface client if anyone uses a
hifi:// url in a web page or web browser on a machine with Interface installed. In fact, what this http://hifi.place url redirector does is simply do an HTTP redirect to the
hifi:// URL scheme.
However, as Jess mentions, we want to make it easier for people to include clickable links in popular services like twitter, facebook, or even our own forum software. And these platforms don’t know what URL schemes are registered and so they don’t make clickable links out of custom URL schemes. What this redirector does is allow you to get a clickable link in those web services.
As Jess mentions, in the future we will extend this even further to detect whether or not the user has Interface installed, and if not offer them a download link, otherwise redirect them to the