Smaller URLs

By Deane Barker on July 16, 2003

TinyURL.com – where tiny is better!: Make your URLs smaller. I think this is a simple rediection lookup.

“By entering in a URL in the text field below, we will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings and never expires.”

Entering two URLs immediately after one another resulted in “http://tinyurl.com/h3r6” and “http://tinyurl.com/h3rj”, so they must just have a simple, two-column lookup table. I initially entered the same URL, but they must check for dupes because it generated the same TinyURL for both.

I worry about services like this because what happens if (when?) they go under? A whole lot of URLs around the Internet are going to start breaking. MakeAShorterLink.com does the same thing.

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  2. I use these services all the time. They’re great when a URL posted in an email or newsgroup might break in half due to wrapping. If you’re concerned about the URL breaking down the line when these things go under, that’s legitimate, but it’s a reason not to use them on web pages. When I use them in emails or usenet, I usually post both the original, long URL and the shorter link. I don’t use them on web pages, as there really isn’t any reason.

  3. R6K.NET allows you to create a short URL that can be effectively used instead of a long URL. Enter a long URL in the textbox below and click “Make Short URL!” to create a short URL. Once you create a short URL, you can not only access the URL you have shortened but almost any page in the site by appending the path after the short URL. R6K.NET is a free and easy way to block the referrer when a visitor clicks a link on your homepage, to prevent unauthorized parties from gathering your personal information and hide your affiliate URLs. It works with every browser.

  4. I found another site that shortens urls. This one seems to be new, so a lot of names are free. I wonder if they will start charging for those keywords one day.

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