Shrink That Link: Boosting Brevity With URL Shorteners


On the short-messaging service Twitter, space is at a premium: You’ve got 140 characters to make your point, and you probably don’t want to waste half of it on a super-sized link to your latest YouTube obsession. There’s an increasingly popular quick fix: a free URL shortener. On one of these Web sites, you can plug in a long Internet address, known as a “URL,” and it will assign you a much shorter one that is easier to post in e-mails, on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else. Some link-shrinkers let you personalize the new address with a unique phrase such as your name.

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009 Uncategorized