Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TinyURL™ - A Really Good Idea

Welcome to TinyURL!™

"Are you sick of posting URLs in emails only to have it break when sent causing the recipient to have to cut and paste it back together? Then you've come to the right place. 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....."

"...An example

"Turn this URL:

" http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?t

"into this tinyURL:

" http://tinyurl.com/unicycles

"Which one would you rather cut and paste into your browser? That's the power of TinyURL!..."

There are several services like this online - TinyURL is the one my son uses, and he's quite satisfied with its performance.

I like the fact that I can choose a 'human-readable' URL - provided that it hasn't been used already.

Handy, fast - and a really good idea for someone like me, who uses Twitter. That 140-character limit is great for getting practice writing concise prose. But add one of those 150-character URLs, and it gets pretty hairy (you've seen them: URLs that look like 'http:www.
' - and are not going to fit into a 'tweet.')

Looks like a handy service.

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