Tiny URLs

If you use Twitter, you may find that you want to paste a link into a Tweet, but the link takes up more than your allotted 140 characters. This is simple to solve: take a visit to TinyURL, http://www.tinyurl.com and convert your long link into a tinyurl which you can then paste into your Tweet.

Here’s an example:

This is just a test of tinyurl. This is just a test of tinyurl. This is just a test of tinyurl. http://www.leoraw.com/blog/2008/10/16/tiny-urls/

It won’t let me Tweet that, because it’s -5 characters too long.

But then if I put in this:

This is just a test of tinyurl. This is just a test of tinyurl. This is just a test of tinyurl. http://tinyurl.com/43bymc

It will let me Tweet. And I have 19 characters to spare. If you have 140 characters or less with your text and your URL, Twitter will automatically convert it to TinyURL. But sometimes you have more to say, so this is how you can sneak in more text.

What else can you use TinyURL for? The Wikipedia page on TinyURL lists:

Short URL aliases are seen as useful because they’re easier to write down, remember or pass around, are less error-prone to write, and also fit where space is limited such as IRC channel topics, email signatures, or microblogs that have a character limit for each post (140 in the case of Twitter). Also some email clients impose a maximum length at which they automatically break lines requiring the user to paste together a long URL rather than just clicking on it. A short URL alias is much less likely to become broken.

Caution: don’t click on a tiny url presented to you by someone you do not trust. You may end up on a site where you would rather not be.

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