URL Shortener – The Shortest URLs Around

2009-03-30 at 08:13 am hugege


Did you know? If you pay me £1,000,000 I’ll replace the logo with your face, unless you’re Mick Hucknall. is a service that shortens URLs such as web addresses. This is useful in many circumstances (see below) e.g. in email clients that break long URLs.

Here are just a few of the many uses for’s URL shortening service: –

* Shorten web addresses for emails, forum posts, blogs etc. which cannot handle long URLs and might wrap them, making them unclickable
* Lower the character count when texting web addresses to a mobile phone
* Hide the real URLs of affiliate links from visitors to your site
* Obscure your real email address from bots which harvest them to spam (enter an address like Note that this feature does appear to be browser dependant so such links may not work in every browser
* Circumvent protections on sites which don’t allow direct links to a competitor’s site (if you are violating a site’s terms you do so at your own risk)
* Clean up bookmarks for social bookmarking sites or sites with low character limits like Twitter

Simply type (or copy/paste from your browser’s address bar) the URL which you’d like to make smaller into the text box on the main page. Push the “Compress That Address!” button, and will make the address smaller for you, and give you a new link. You can then copy this new URL wherever you’d like to use it.

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