tinyURL : tiny (word | world)

Ever got difficulty in remembering those long URL’s . Well remembering websites name is alright, but what if you are interested in particular deep section of the site and every time, you have to manually search for visiting it. Also for informing your friends about something interesting , you have to mail the whole big link of the website , that you have copied from the address bar.

Then tinyURL is your answer.

The TinyURL website has a text box to enter a long URL. For each URL entered, the server adds a new alias in its hashed database and returns a short URL such as http://tinyurl.com/1234. If the URL has already been requested, TinyURL will return the existing alias rather than creating a duplicate entry. The shorter URL is forwarded to the longer one.

Short URL aliases are seen as useful because they’re easier to write down, remember or pass around, are less error-prone to write, and also fit where space is limited such as IRC channel topics or email signatures. Also some email clients impose a maximum length at which they automatically break lines requiring the user to paste together a long URL rather than just clicking on it. A short URL alias is much less likely to become broken.

Problem faced:

The convenience offered by a TinyURL also introduces potential problems, which have led to criticism of the use of TinyURLs.

TinyURLs are opaque, hiding the ultimate destination from a web user. This can be used to send people unwittingly to sites that offend their sensibilities, or crash or compromise their computer using browser vulnerabilities. To help combat such abuse, TinyURL allows a user to set a cookie-based preference such that TinyURL stops at the TinyURL website, giving a preview of the final link, when that user clicks TinyURLs. Substituting preview.tinyurl.com for tinyurl.com in the URL is another way of stopping at a preview of the final link before clicking through to it. Opaqueness is also leveraged by spammers, who can use such links in spam (mostly blog spam), bypassing URL blacklists.

A more serious problem with URL resolvers in general is that they create a single point of failure for all URLs passed through the service.

In 2006, MySpace banned posting any TinyURLs.

Early on, the creation of TinyURL IDs was predictable, and therefore could be exploited by users to create vulgar associations. For example, http://tinyurl.com/dick was made to link to the White House website of Dick Cheney. It now returns a message apologizing for any offense.

If you use a lot of TinyURLs on your blog, you might want to checkout this new tool – Embiggen. It expands those cryptic TinyURLs (eg tinyurl.com/2dfmty) to their full version, allowing your readers to make an informed decision about following a link. (That’s good URL etiquette.)

Interesting when you google tinyURL , there are many other sites with same name like tinyurl.com,tiny.cc,tinyurl.org

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Filed under General. Posted by Abhishek and last updated on March 15, 2011.

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