Google punts url shortener to world+dog
Google is now offering its url shortener to world+dog.
Dubbed Goo.gl, the service was previously available only with certain other Google services, including the Google browser toolbar, FeedBurner RSS service, News, Blogger, and Maps. But it now has its own website – http://goo.gl/ – where it can be used all by itself.
Google says its url shorter is all about "stability," "security," and "speed." "Google needed a url shortener for its own products where we knew the shortener wouldn’t go away. We also wanted a shortener that we knew would do things the right way... and that would be fast, stable, and secure," says uber Googler Matt Cutts. The "right way" includes permanent redirects.
From the new goo.gl site, you can not only short urls, but monitor traffic to your urls after you shorten them. Google provides top referrers for each link as well as visitor profiles. "This can be a great way to better understand who’s interested in your links, how they’re finding them and when they’re reading," the company says. ®
"We also wanted a shortener that we knew would ...
give us even more information about what people get up to online."
Bug in Twitter?
You're not a Twitter user, are you Tom_B?
"...due to the arbitrary character limit. However, this is bug in twitter..."
It's not a bug in Twitter - it's the whole point of the service. The guys who started Twitter used it as a replacement for the "I'm away from my desk" statuses you put on messengers like MSN.
It's now used as "how much can you say about where you are, what you're doing and how you're feeling in 140 characters?"
The best URL shorteners are these two
http://stnx.at - It raises funds for Station X (Bletchley Park).
http://arseh.at - just for the lulz.