Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Shorten That URL!

Ofttimes, I see someone send a URL via e-mail and it spreads onto the second line of the posting. The first line of the address is hyperlinked, but the second is not. This becomes cumbersome for the end user.

Two suggestions:
See if the address can be manually shortened. I've noticed that in some newspaper and magazine databases, an address is created to indicate not only the story, but the section and the date. If removing that information still gets you to the story, shorten it.

An example: http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=613944&category=FRONTPG&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=8/14/2007 can be shortened to http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=613944, and is actually more likely to work over time, for some arcane reasons.

The other method is a website TinyURL!™. Put in even that shortened, 57-character, version of the URL above and you'll end up with http://tinyurl.com/yrwmgk, a more manageable 25-character URL.

No comments: