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…