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 fortunately 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. For example, would it be nice if we shortened:
That way, you just need to remember the URL Shortener tinyurl and the custom name you five 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?
How do I make a TinyUrl?
URL Shorteners like TinyUrl can be used to shorten long links by these steps:
1. Go to TinyUrl
2. Enter your long url
3. (Optional). Give it a custom name (ie, somesite)
3. Click ‘Create TinyUrl’
4. Wait a few seconds and success! Now you can copy and share your URL
Now that you are done with making your short link, you can share it with your friends on facebook, myspace, and so forth without clouding their feed with long and bothersome links. 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 original urls.
More Services of TinyUrl
TinyUrl isn’t the only url shortener out there, there is also:
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 does not offer, and track the visitors to their link. Bit.ly, however, does not offer custom url names.
Even though it is not as popular as the above services, ow.ly is another great URL shortening service that does the same function as the rest. Ow.ly does not offer custom names, and requires an annoying captcha code, but overall is worth checking out.
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 popular internet blog that receive a lot of visitors, adding an URL shortened with adf.ly can earn you some revenue!