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.
So, here’s the thing. It’s a new year, a new day, a new feature here at the Hall of Fame: the Thursday’s Three, where you’ll find three sites to check out on a particular topic. Most likely, the topic will be writing-related. But I’m not making any major promises here.
(If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m only adding this feature so that I can read this stuff myself. Because I have this other thing. I bookmark stuff I want to read, and then never actually, um, read it. On the other hand, I hang out here at the Hall of Fame all the time, making a nuisance of myself. Might as well do something constructive while I’m here.)
Three Links to Bang-up Blogging Stuff:
Retro Coolness’s Try Using Google Adsense to Help You Monetize Your Blog
Copyblogger’s The Best of Copyblogger 2009
Um, that’s pretty much all there is to Thursday’s Three. I’ve got a feeling it’ll help tremendously if we actually read this stuff.