Shrinking URLs to a useful length
14 July 2006
Michael Fraser recently sent a group of us a useful URL that spanned 3 lines in an email. Some email programs less friendly than Outlook insert line breaks into such URLs so the recipient can’t simply click on them or even do a simple copy and paste into the browser.
There are several sites that offer very simple solutions to this problem. The site that I have seen used the most is http://shrinkster.com. [Remember in Internet Explorer just type ‘shrinkster’ into the Address field and press Ctrl-Enter.] No registration is necessary. Just paste your long URL into the textbox and click ‘Shrink It!’. For Michael’s URL Shrinkster gives in seconds:
|http://shrinkster.com/glc copy track|
So in this example you send http://shrinkster.com/glc to your recipients. You can even find out how many users actually used the URL!
Other sites that provide similar services:
- http://tinyurl.com: for IE users even copies the tiny URL to the clipboard