URL shortener

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URL shortener is a service that turns a typical longer URL, like a permalink, into a much shorter URL, typically using a short domain, often per-site both for some silos, and several indieweb sites.

Why

  • URL shorteners help you make better use of limited characters in editing tools where you would like to share a link but are restricted by a character count.

Criticism

  • If you use an external URL shortener, you are beholden to their service being active and working. If the URL shortener becomes inactive, existing URLs created may be broken.
  • "Aside from search engines, I can’t think of any other type of website that could disable so many links on so much of the internet in one fell swoop than a URL shortening service." urlTea now tr.im, this stuff is scary

Libraries

Open source libraries and implementations to run your own URL shortener:

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