US Government URL Shortener

By Deane Barker on October 17, 2009

Go.USA.gov – Create short, trustworthy .gov URLs : The U.S. government has created their own URL shortener.

Go.USA.gov lets government employees create short .gov URLs out of any .gov, .mil, or .si.edu URLs.   We are currently beta testing Go.USA.gov. If you are a government employee and would like to use it, please register […]

I agree with Nick Hoover:

The more I think about it, the more I wonder why other large organizations with popular Websites haven’t done this for their links.

Via Amy Stephen

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Comments

  1. I had a similar thought when I realized that a shortened URL in my email footer was causing my emails to get flagged as spam. My initial idea was to implement a little URL shortener but I wound up doing this: http://www.contenthere.net/2009/10/shortened-urls-and-spam-filters.html

    To some degree, many CMSs have the building blocks for this when they have an “alias” filter. It just needs a clean UI.

    I wonder if there is a business model for offering verified shortened URLs. The company would maintain a black list of bad sites that you can’t rickroll to.

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