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Shorten URL services

The need to shorten URLs arose many years ago when people started to create free web sites on popular services such as Geocities (owned by Yahoo and now discontinued… R.I.P.) and Xoom. The web addresses given by these services were long and unwieldy, almost impossible for people to recall. And, thus, the shorten URL services were born.

Nowadays, however, people shorten the URL primarily for micro blogging; eg. Twitter posts. Most of the services listed below require no sign up which means you can get a shortened URL in a few seconds – simply provide the longer version and have the service decrease the length substantially.

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By the way, not only is the www prefix is removed, but the entire web address is changed and herein lies a little disadvantage in shortening your URL.

bit.ly

bit.lyThe default URL shortener used by Twitter makes bit.ly the most popular service for decreasing the length of a long web address.
bit.ly

TinyURL.com

TinyURL.comThe custom alias feature option on TinyURL lets you create (to a certain degree), the shortened form of a long URL you’ve submiited. How does that help? You can come up with user-friendly URLs such as tinyurl.com/short-url-service which is a short address for this page.
TinyURL.com

Ow.ly

Ow.lyRequires you to decipher the two words of RECAPTCHA before you can get the shortened URL.
Ow.ly

budurl

budurlAnalytics for your web site in addition to the feature of shortening URLs. You need to sign up for an account (not free, at the time of writing). Not worth the effort and the money if you just want to shorten URLs quickly.
budurl

Tiny

TinyQuickly convert a long URL into a tiny one using the aptly named service.
Tiny

Dot.tk

Dot.tkDot.tk will choose a domain name or ask you to do so (only in case of availability). Provide the URL you want to shorten, decipher the CAPTCHA puzzle and get your customized domain.
Dot.tk

is.gd

is.gdCompress that long web address using is.gd. Enter one in the field and hit the button.
is.gd

cli.gs

cli.gs
Create short URLs and also take advantage of web site analytics offered by this service.cli.gs

Google url shortener

Google url shortenerAvailable only for Google products and not for the general public. The hallmarks of this service are stability, security and speed.
Google url shortener

j.mp

j.mpJ.mp is actually an offshoot of the popular Bit.ly URL shortening service. It helps you save a couple of characters off a Twitter post.
j.mp

Clicky.me

Clicky.meYou need a Clicky web analytics account to use the service, which, in my opinion, is a good idea because it thwarts spammers. URL shorteners like u.nu and tr.im have been closed due to excessive abuse. Anyway, the main advantage of using Clicky.me is the extensive amount of data you get from visitors after they arrive at your web site.
Clicky.me

Snipurl

SnipurlSimple and easy way to convert your long URLs into short ones.
Snipurl

NotLong.com

NotLong.comNotlong.com also gives you a password through which you can get stats for the given URL.
NotLong.com

sn.im

sn.imPowered by SnipURL service (above) – gives you a slightly shorter URL.
sn.im

SimURL

SimURLSimURL shortens the URL and also helpfully shows a screen capture of the page. Nice!
SimURL

Yourls

YourlsWith the help of Yourls, you can run your own URL shortening service! Since it’s developed in PHP you can get it to work on almost all servers. A WordPress plugin is also available.
Yourls

doiop

doiopSubmit your long URL, decode the two words and get a shortened web address.
doiop

W3T.org

W3T.orgThe Advanced option lets you choose a custom name in the shortened URL. Check it out – works well.
W3T.org

Metamark Shorten Service

Metamark Shorten ServiceGives you the ability to have a custom short URL with a privacy code.
Metamark Shorten Service

Moourl.com

Moourl.comBeef up (pun intended) your online marketing efforts with a smaller URL… simply Moo it! Moourl.com will milk the web address you provide shortening it considerably.
Moourl.com

Some more URL shortening services

Snipr logo
Snipr
Shorl logo
Shorl
URLcut logo
URLcut
Short Links logo
Short Links
6URL.com logo
6URL.com
YEP that URL! logo
YEP that URL!
lnk.in  logo
lnk.in
TightURL logo
TightURL
Digbig logo
Digbig
HEX!O logo
HEX!O
Cortalink.com logo
Cortalink.com
Shorten Website logo
Shorten Website
Motigo ShortURLs logo
Motigo ShortURLs

Decreasing the length of a web address may be good for micro-blogging (eg: Twitter), but this practice should be avoided for all other scenarios as there are some very clear disadvantages of shortening URLs.

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