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Tony The Tiger
I have experience with www.tinyurl.com. However, I have stumbled upon www.tinyarro.ws, which produces optimally short URLs that are not as legible. E.G. I have shortened http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Some_Kind_of_Trouble&oldid=411006386 to http://tinyurl.com/4vnnc8b and www.➡.ws/Tiger The latter is clearly shorter ( and thus preferable in the world of twitter and such). I just find it odd to be using symbols in URLs. How accepted are shortening services such as tinyarro?
silverdown
oh nice find, thank you for sharing Cool

I use them alll the time now and really glad you shared, I am now sharing them too!
weableandbob
That's actually pretty nice how short it is, plus you get the bonus of being able to enter whatever you want after the slash.
welshsteve
I've never used these services at all, but I guess they are quite handy if you have external links on your website and don't want long strings for url links.
Tony The Tiger
weableandbob wrote:
That's actually pretty nice how short it is, plus you get the bonus of being able to enter whatever you want after the slash.


From everyone's responses, I am gathering that no one really has opinions about the reputations or respect of these services. It sounds like they are new to everyone.
welshsteve
Well tinyurl has been around for years. personally I don't see the need for the services other than giving out links in magazines etc
truespeed
They are very popular,they get used all the time on twitter because of the 160 character limitation.
Tony The Tiger
welshsteve wrote:
Well tinyurl has been around for years. personally I don't see the need for the services other than giving out links in magazines etc

If you ever use twitter, you will understand why they are important and quite useful.
maoz
you can check this urlshorten.com or shorturl.com
SonLight
Here's an article listing a number of url-shortening services:

http://www.pickmore.com/websites/23-websites-to-create-shortshrinktrim-urls-2109

They don't say anything about the reliability or features, other than that they do provide short urls. I suppose most any service is adequate if you want to use it in a message and only need it to work for a few months. If you are concerned about it continuing to work for a long time, I would recommend reading their terms carefully and perhaps checking their history.

@Tony, I found it interesting that the one you listed uses special characters. It probably doesn't matter to you how it's stored internally, but examination shows that it is encoded. The link you give, www.➡.ws/Tiger , is represented as http://www.xn--hgi.ws/Tiger when it is sent to a server.
Tony The Tiger
SonLight wrote:
Here's an article listing a number of url-shortening services:

http://www.pickmore.com/websites/23-websites-to-create-shortshrinktrim-urls-2109

They don't say anything about the reliability or features, other than that they do provide short urls. I suppose most any service is adequate if you want to use it in a message and only need it to work for a few months. If you are concerned about it continuing to work for a long time, I would recommend reading their terms carefully and perhaps checking their history.

@Tony, I found it interesting that the one you listed uses special characters. It probably doesn't matter to you how it's stored internally, but examination shows that it is encoded. The link you give, www.➡.ws/Tiger , is represented as http://www.xn--hgi.ws/Tiger when it is sent to a server.


Your article does not mention my peronal favorite: http://www.tinyarro.ws/ . It allows you to name your short url. E.G., http://➡.ws/Minka-SWA2010 or http://➡.ws/THardawayJr
flamepjlh
Tony The Tiger wrote:
I have experience with www.tinyurl.com. However, I have stumbled upon www.tinyarro.ws, which produces optimally short URLs that are not as legible. E.G. I have shortened http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Some_Kind_of_Trouble&oldid=411006386 to http://tinyurl.com/4vnnc8b and www.➡.ws/Tiger The latter is clearly shorter ( and thus preferable in the world of twitter and such). I just find it odd to be using symbols in URLs. How accepted are shortening services such as tinyarro?


I preffer http://zi.mu and http://to.ly.
They are very short and http://to.ly even have extent in firefox browser.

Wink
Tony The Tiger
flamepjlh wrote:
Tony The Tiger wrote:
I have experience with www.tinyurl.com. However, I have stumbled upon www.tinyarro.ws, which produces optimally short URLs that are not as legible. E.G. I have shortened http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Some_Kind_of_Trouble&oldid=411006386 to http://tinyurl.com/4vnnc8b and www.➡.ws/Tiger The latter is clearly shorter ( and thus preferable in the world of twitter and such). I just find it odd to be using symbols in URLs. How accepted are shortening services such as tinyarro?


I preffer http://zi.mu and http://to.ly.
They are very short and http://to.ly even have extent in firefox browser.

Wink


It seems that one of your links has firefox extension, while the other has customizable links. Your customizable links are a few more characters but all text. I think I will use zi.mu. That is good.
therimalaya
I have only seen there use in using link in twitter, but i haven't used them yet. They seems quite handy.
mOrpheuS
Google has one too - http://goo.gl/


http://goo.gl/HP7vO !
ayour
mOrpheuS wrote:
Google has one too - http://goo.gl/


http://goo.gl/HP7vO !


Personaly this is my favourite one.
cybersa
My favorite:[url]bit.ly[/url]
It has full status of url,qr code etc...
loyal
I stick with tinyurl.com as it does its job and it says its links never expire. Been using it for years.
flamepjlh
"
"Here's an article listing a number of url-shortening services:

http://www.pickmore.com/websites/23-websites-to-create-shortshrinktrim-urls-2109

They don't say anything about the reliability or features, other than that they do provide short urls. I suppose most any service is adequate if you want to use it in a message and only need it to work for a few months. If you are concerned about it continuing to work for a long time, I would recommend reading their terms carefully and perhaps checking their history.

@Tony, I found it interesting that the one you listed uses special characters. It probably doesn't matter to you how it's stored internally, but examination shows that it is encoded. The link you give, www.➡.ws/Tiger , is represented as http://www.xn--hgi.ws/Tiger when it is sent to a server."

Your article does not mention my peronal favorite: http://www.tinyarro.ws/ . It allows you to name your short url. E.G., http://➡.ws/Minka-SWA2010 or http://➡.ws/THardawayJr"

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I think if twitter allow t.co to be an url shortener serice, that will help a lot!
Twisted Evil
gethip1
hi
thanks for your information
SultanMA
I suggest you to try bit.ly it is the best URL shortening service
Tony The Tiger
SultanMA wrote:
I suggest you to try bit.ly it is the best URL shortening service

According to whom? By what metric?
tamilparks
SultanMA wrote:
I suggest you to try bit.ly it is the best URL shortening service
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