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Friday, June 1, 2012

Shorter URLs

I've been using TinyURL (www.tinyurl.com) for many years to generated short versions of longer URLs.  One of the things I've liked most about TinyURL is that I can specify part of the URL, which allows me to use something both short and meaningful.

But lately I've switched to Google's URL shortener, http://goo.gl/, instead.  It does not let me customize the URL at all, which I miss a little bit, but since it is tied into my Google ID, it gives me nice features like analytics (e.g., link use counts, demographics, etc), a "home page" listing all of the shortened URLs I have created recently, and very short URLs.

But one word of caution:  the links and analytics are world-readable, so do not use the Google URL trimmer if you have anything you want to keep semi-private.

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