Alright, as you might have been able to tell, handiwork has taken a backseat to some of my other projects at the moment. (http://job.ology.com and http://thedizzles.wordpress.com) but I think I’m ready to jump back into it! (As I write this, I picture myself posting this with every good intention to post something again soon, only to return 30 days later…).
Anyway, I discovered something that is probably old news for other bloggers out there, but might come in handi for some of you. It’s called http://tinyurl.com. If you need a web address (url) shortened for any reason, this is the place to do it! It’s free and easy and useful, several things that make it handi in my book.
Why would you need to shorten a URL? Here are a few reasons to get you started:
If you’re on Twitter (like I am finally!! www.twitter.com/briewr) you have a very finite number of characters you can use to post a message. If you want to alert someone to a website, long URLs can waste your characters. TinyURL shortens any website into, quite literally, a tiny URL.
If you want to send an online article around to friends or coworkers, and you want to make sure that they are able to paste the whole, unbroken URL into their web browswer to read it, TinyURL helps you to create as short a URL as possible, making it less likely that your link won’t work.
If your business has a website that other people need to use often, but the URL is too long to remember, TinyURL can make it short and memorable for you. An example: The college where I work has a job search website for students/alums. The original web address is ridiculously long and difficult to remember. If I want students to remember the website off the top of their heads, I’ll create a TinyURL for them.