Thursday’s Three: Url Shorteners

Ten years ago, I didn’t know what an URL was. And just about the time I figured them out, I mean really grasped the whole URL concept, the techies came along and decided to shorten them.

Techie types are always up to something, aren’t they? Fortunately, I don’t have to understand the concept of shorteners (because really, how can you explain why “Thursday’s Three: Url Shorteners” becomes jgyhtx?) All I need to understand is that short is better when it comes to tweeting, and all I need to grasp is one of these three shorteners:

1. bit.ly ….”Shorten, share, and track your links”

2. Tiny.cc…”Make a ridiculously long url, tiny”

3. budurl…”Shrink it. Spread it. Watch it Grow.”

Take your pick. Slap one on your blog. Kick up your heels and do a jig with it. And thank a techie today.

5 thoughts on “Thursday’s Three: Url Shorteners

  1. Ten years ago I thought URL was a language spoken in the former Soviet "republics". I use at least two of these nifty "url" shorteners often. They come in very handy. I also use shortening when I bake but it doesn't make the baking go quicker.

  2. I use shorteners when I need to hem something. My mom calls 'em "scissors."(Is there one shortener you think is better? Or do they serve different purposes for you? Inquiring minds want to know. And me, too.)

  3. Cathy: I'm technically challenged so I need a little more assistance. What do you mean "slap one of the shorteners on your blog?" Is that just when you're tweeting? Do you need to add it somewhere in the HTML code of the blog? Do you write out the whole blog name, then add one of the shorteners? Help!!!! Email me and give a girl a hand! Thanksg(underscore)handle (at) bellsouth (dot) net

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