URL Shortners – TinyURL and bit.ly

Its obvious that we are not able to remember long URLs like:


So what can be done for making it easier to remember and understand these URL links? There are some Online-services which shorten these long URLs. Let us have a look at two of such services.


With TinyURL you can enter any WEB-URL in the text field given and it will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings and will never expire.

With TinyURL, you can also make a smaller URL that will work for any page on your site. Example:
Let’s say that you have a website with the homepage that is at:


Entering that URL into TinyURL will create a URL like


With this you can then redirect someone to anywhere within your site by appending a slash and the pages file name to it. So if you have a page at http://www.my-internet-isp.com/~myusername/my-links-page.html, you can use the URL http://tinyurl.com/3456/my-links-page.html and going to this URL will forward the visitor to the page in your website.

Also, one more advantage of TinyURL service is that is keeps your original link-address hidden unless you arrive at the destination website. But the newly added PREVIEW feature allows your visitors to know where are they redirected, and they can select weather to continue the redirection or no. PREVIEW feature can be turned off.

Enter a long URL to make tiny:

Custom alias (optional):


May contain letters, numbers, and dashes.

The bit.ly utility is same as TinyURL, but better even though not as popular as TinyURL.

bit.ly caches the webpage at the time of compressing the URL. So even if the page is deleted or removed you can access it through bit.ly.

bit.ly gives you all the referral details for your webpage so that you know where the clicks are originating from. It also supplies additional referral information like the exact number of times any particular short URL was clicked on the web be that inside email messages, IM clients or regular web pages.