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Why use URL Shorteners?

As the Internet grows, so does the length of web page addresses. URL’s (uniform resource locator) are the web addresses you type into the address bar to find a website. But these addresses are getting longer and longer as more pages come online.

Each address needs to be unique too. And sometimes they aren’t easy to remember. Sometimes they aren’t even words, just a jumble of letters and numbers.

URL shorteners were originally used to take these long web addresses and make them shorter in emails so they didn’t take up as much room.

More recently, with the popularity of microblogging services such as Twitter, these services have increased in number and ability, including tracking and metrics.

Since Twitter only lets you use 140 characters to get your message out, you would end up wasting all your space to write out website addresses. URL shorteners take those long URL’s and make them closer to 20 characters, letting you share a link and your message all in one tweet.

These shorter URL’s look cleaner and simpler everywhere you use them. Besides mircoblogging sties, you can use them anywhere you put links, including other social media sites such as Facebook too.

Top 9 Most Popular URL Shorteners

Here are a list of the top 9 most popular ULR Shorteners and if they offer Customizable URLs, Tracking, and 301 redirects:

URL Shortener Customizable URL Tracking 301 Redirect
bit.ly Yes Yes Yes
tinyurl.com Yes No Yes
tr.im Yes Yes Yes
cli.gs Yes Yes Yes
budurl.com Yes Yes Yes
is.gd No No Yes
snipurl.com Yes Yes Yes
twurl.nl No Yes No
ad.vu No Yes No

There are other URL shortener websites out there as well including:

  • goo.gl
  • ity.im
  • tiny.cc
  • ow.ly
  • kxk.me
  • zi.ma

I’ve come across lists with many more URL shortener websites, but after going through them I found that most of those services sites no longer offer URL Shortener services. It seems like spam has destroyed these websites.

30 More URL Shortener Services

Below are some additional URL Shorteners websites that still function. Some are easier to use than others and some are free while others are paid services.

  • Cuturls.com
  • DecentURL.com
  • DigBig.com
  • Doiop.com
  • easyURL.net
  • HotRedirect.com
  • hurl.it
  • Just.as
  • LNK.IN
  • Metamark.net
  • MooURL .com
  • myurl.in
  • notlong.com
  • Nutshellurl.com
  • Profile.to
  • Shim.net
  • Shorl.com
  • shorturl.com
  • get-shorty.com
  • shrinkurl.us
  • simurl.com
  • tighturl.com
  • traceurl.com
  • turo.us
  • url.co.uk
  • urlcut.com
  • url.ie
  • yatuc.com
  • yep.it
  • 6url.com

You can also find a list of the most popular URL Shorteners per country here.

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