What if you could change this:
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:
and for you those that tweet: Tweetburner