The Never-Ending URL Address

December 1, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

What if you could change this:
http://insidefit.fitnyc.edu/sections/departments/IT_for_FIT/forms/Request_Form110209.pdf

To this:
http://tiny.cc/MSOfficeForm

very long url

very long url

Would you?  There are services that will convert long and confusing url addresses to a short quick link where you can pick the keywords to use within the shortcut.

Where could this be helpful? Handouts, presentations, newsletters, blogs, email, or even just to conveniently remember a url address that you use frequently.  The shortened links can even even be tracked in some cases to see how many times it was clicked and viewed.

How does it work?  A typical url address consists of three parts:  the scheme, the host, and the path or also called key.
In the above example: http://tiny.cc/MSOfficeForm  (http: is the scheme.   //tiny.cc is the host.    /MSOfficeForm is the path or key.)

Services like Tiny URL shorten your link address by using a redirection method using their own Host and letting you choose keywords for the path.  In essence, it is making a short alias for your long url address.

What are the down sides? Some feel that it creates a layer of transparency between the viewer and the source.

Want to give it a try? Here are few url shortening sites that you can play with:

TinyURL

bit.ly

Clig

Zi.ma

and for you those that tweet:  Tweetburner

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Category: Faculty Info., Staff Info., Student Info.

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  1. Calvin says:

    I always fact this problem when I email URLs to students because I know half of them contact me and say they can’t get to the address. Thanks Meredith… Ill start using these all the time.

  2. Lorraine Weberg says:

    Thanks for this tip! I can see lots of uses for it in pointing faculty to some of the Library web pages, where forms and other items are so nested that the URL is ridiculously long. Will have to give this a try.

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