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How to Shorten a URL

August 9, 2009

Twitter messages have character limit, but some URLs are very long. How to shorten URLs quickly and efficiently?

An ideal application would transform the URL and copy it into your clipboard, so that all you have to do is Ctrl+V to produce some pasta. Your choice will depend on how much flexibility you want from the extension.

Ubiquity. This is the application I used because it has many other useful functions, but the URL shortening is not working properly now.

Spedr – URL Shorter. I find this extension perfect for the job. You just click a little lighting icon on the address bar and your short URL is already in your clipboard🙂

Some other possibilities:

Shorten URL. The advantage of this program is a choice of 100 URL shorteners. If for some reason you are not satisfied with one, you can always try another.

Social Whale. In addition to shortening, you can upload pictures to twitpic.com

What URL shrink do you use?

6 comments

  1. Hmm, I don’t use Twitter. Although some of my friend said that it’s fun, but chances are that I will eventually ignore it.😄 But yeah this post will definitely be handy for those who like to update! Long url codes are quite a bane sometimes-I’ve been there too, haha.


    • I resisted for a long time, but I found it useful in the end. I use it primarily as a micro-blogging platform. Instead of making a post if I find something interesting, I just post a link on Twitter. If you ever do decide to join Twitter, please let me know🙂 In the meantime, if you do want to follow my Twitter updates, you can subscribe to RSS version🙂


  2. Hmm.. Shorturl, http://www.shorturl.com/

    Tiny Url http://tinyurl.com/

    And here’s a handy dandy Fireworks plugin..

    http://mozmonkey.com/tinyurl/

    Those are some of the url shortening I use, but even then trying to squash in more than 140 words has its challenges.. ^_^


    • Thank you for mentioning those resources🙂

      Yes, sometimes it is not easy to say everything within 140 characters🙂


  3. http://dickensurl.com/ does url shortening as well plus an additional random quote from Charles Dickens🙂


    • haha That’s an interesting implementation, thanks🙂



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