is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page. This is achieved by using an HTTP Redirect on a domain name that is short, which links to the web page that has a long URL
List of best URL Shorteners
TinyURL is probably the most famous of all the URL shortening sites out there, but many people don’t take advantage of two key features they offer. The first - Incorporating a one-click bookmarklet on your browser, so you never have to visit the site to shorten a URL, just click a button on your browser and it’s done!
Bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. Currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web. It is available via website, browser extensions, mobile web, and numerous third-party tools integrated with our open public API.
Google URL Shortener
Google URL Shortener at goo.gl is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link that is easier to share, tweet, or email to friends.
is.gd is a free service for shortening web addresses and other URLs. This is useful in many circumstances e.g. when sending an address to a phone via SMS and character count is limited.
Ow.ly is a URL shorterner from the makers of HootSuite. Ow.ly also plans to open up APIs for developers to integrate
Why Should I Shorten My URLs?
- If you’re sharing a link on Twitter and some instant-messaging services, you’re limited to 140 characters. Any URL you share can quickly eat up those characters and limit your actual message.
- Any time your link is visible, the longer it is, the harder it is to remember . Shortening it can solve this problem in some cases.
- It may also allow you to track how your audience uses and shares your URL.