Tiny URL

OK – so what is a tiny URL, and why would I ever have a need to have one?  Well – have you ever been on a website that you thought it was interesting enough to share with others?  So you right click to copy the link – when you paste it into an email or a document, you realize it wraps so long the hyperlink either breaks, or it doesn't copy and paste correctly into a document.

In comes Tiny URL.  Tiny URL makes a small, 26 character web address out of a long one.

Simply go to http://tinyurl.com – you will see a space to copy and paste your long URL into:

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After you paste the URL into the "Enter a long URL to make tiny" field, press the "Make TinyURL!" button.

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Your new URL is listed – you can cut and paste this new, short, URL into the location you wish (email, document, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and it will open the intended website.

Want a handout?  tinyurlpdf.pdf

3 Responses to “Tiny URL”

  1. steve says:

    One nice feature of TinyURL is that you can add “preview.” in front of the url given by TinyURL, which will tell you where the redirect is going.

    This way, if you see a Tiny URL online or are given one, but you don’t trust the source, you can check to see what it is, before actually visiting it.

    For example: if the tinyurl = tinyurl.com/asdf , you would goto preview.tinyurl.com/asdf to find out where it points to.

  2. Kim Wiseman says:

    Steve – very very good point, especially in light of all the malware that seems to circulate around. It’s better to be safe than sorry, that’s for sure.

  3. gay says:

    I did not know at all what Tinyurl site, thank you for the discovery…

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