You probably know TinyURL, which takes nasty long URLs like this:
and gives you a nice shorthand version like this:
which does the same thing, and is much easier to put in emails, or read over the phone.
Well, a new service has just launched called Bit.ly (no doubt starting a new craze in Libyan domain names) which does much the same kind of thing, and a whole lot more. Bit.ly links look much the same:
but for more information about why it’s different, see this post. It looks good.
But TinyURL has been around for ever and has proved very reliable; it’ll be interesting to see if this new pretender can usurp it…
Apparently, TinyURL now allows users to add a custom alias to replace the code (“67laca” in your example above) that TinyURL generates, so they make more sense!
Of course, if someone else has already used the alias, you’ll need to choose something else – and given that TinyURLs never expire, shorter aliases may disappear rather quickly…