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Sat 20 Mar 2004

Tiny URL

Category : mac and the internet

Not everyone knows how to handle lengthy URLs. They spill over to the next line, evade selection when clicked, introduce spaces where there were none. If the recipient is savvy, it's not a problem.

As an editor of the several mailing lists and the e-newsletter Habitatnews that reaches many barely internet-literate users, this has been a big problem. Some people are confused by just a single missing space. I have tried to ensure my links are short or refer them to a main page with a link. But that's less convenient for a reader who is already easily confused. And that's the majority!

I used URL aliases for projects like the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk - http://buloh.sivasothi.com or frequently used pages like this blog - http://blog.sivasothi.com. There is even a http://tides.sivasothi.com. Although useful for pages I shift, it requires logging in to a server, and takes a fair bit of time. Generating dozens of pointers to gallery pages, news articles and map locations is just too troublesome.

Happily, a wired news article introduced me to a one click, unique solution - tinyurl.com!

I put the bookmark they provided on my toolbar. When faced with a lengthy URL, I just click the book mark, and the unique tinyurl address is generated for immediate use. Even MacWorld was using it in the latest issue of their magazine.

Neat, huh? Another problem solved.

It can be fun too - the tinyurl to this site is: 34ez7. What's yours?

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