Ever had a long link such as: http://www.somesite.com/somefolder/somesubfolder/somepage.html
Have trouble remembering it? Have trouble sharing it with your absent minded friends? Just can’t be bothered to re-visit again without bookmarking it?
Hmm, seems like there is a lot of lazy people these day, but fortuneately for you guys, today, we take a quick look at Url Shorteners. What is a Url Shortener?
An URL shortener shortens your URL or link. So for our above example, would it be nice if we shortened:
That way, you just need to remember the URL Shortener
tinyurl and the bit after it, somesite
, so that when you visit www.tinyurl.com/somesite, it takes you to the long and bothersome website: http://www.somesite.com/somefolder/somesubfolder/somesubsubfolder/somepage.html. Neat huh?
More, How do URL Shorteners work?
For this example, we will use TinyUrl
, because it is the most popular URL Shortener. URL Shorteners work simply by these steps:
1. Go to TinyUrl
2. Enter your long url
3. (Optional). You can set a set a custom name, known as a alias, for your tinyurl
3. Click ‘Create TinyUrl’
4. Success. Now you can copy and share your URL Now What?
Now that you are done with making your short link, you can share it with your friends on facebook, myspace, and so forth. For example, i can now email my friend saying:
“Hey man, check out my blog! http://tinyurl.com/my12345blog“
The advantages of shortened urls are that they are easy to remember
and extremely short compared to your original url. More Services of TinyUrl
TinyUrl isn’t the only url shortener out there, there is also:
Adfly gives users the ability to shorten their long url and also earn about 1 cent
each time someone visits your URL. If you have a lot of friends or a popular internet blog that receive a lot of visitors, adding an URL shortened with adf.ly can earn you heaps. Sign up here
Tiny.cc is similar to TinyUrl, both shorten links and allow custom
names. The only difference is that tiny.cc is shorter. You can check out tiny.cc here.
Goo.gl is another popular URL Shortener service. Being provided by Google, goo.gl is similar
to tiny.cc and tinyurl.com, with the exception that it does not allow custom names.
Bit.ly was a popular url shortener until TinyUrl and Tiny.cc gained popularity. Bit.ly allows users to sign up, something TinyUrl and Tiny.cc does not offer, and track the visitors to their link. Bit.ly does not offer custom url names.
Even though it is not as popular as the above 4 services, ow.ly is another great URL shortening service that does the same function as the rest; shortening an url.
Ow.ly does not offer custom names, and requires an annoying captcha code, but overall is worth checking out.