2/15/2005

Tiny Earl

At the bottom of the blog is now a little dialog box for TinyURL.com, an interesting tool that creates shortcuts for the ridiculously long links people email to each other.

For instance, the link to the McDonalds Trip Planner for Missouri to Seattle (see "I'm Drivin' It") looks like this:
go.mappoint.net/mcdonaldsx/PrxDriveResults.aspx?
&isTrip=1&LOC_O=38.6275611151168%3a-
90.1989727451898&CT_O=38.6275611151168%3a-
90.1989727451898%3a24.9376971817917%
3a18.7032728863438&DSN_O=MapPoint.NA&GAD
2_O=&GAD3_O=St.+Louis%2c+Missouri%2c+United
+States&IC_O=38.6275611151168%3a-90.19897274
51898%3a28%3a&GAD4_O=USA&LOC_D=47.60341
66468487%3a-122.329562299142&CT_D=47.603416
6468487%3a-122.329562299142%3a35.6252816882
738%3a26.7189612662054&DSN_D=MapPoint.NA&
GAD2_D=&GAD3_D=Seattle%2c+Washington%
2c+United+States&IC_D=47.6034166468487%3a-122.
329562299142%3a101%3a&GAD4_D=USA

After running that through TinyURL, this link was returned: http://tinyurl.com/42jdn

I don't know how long TinyURL saves the link, but the new one will redirect you to the original site you wanted. Helps reduce the messy text strings that sometimes get screwed up when being forwarded.

The website http://www.makeashorterlink.com/ provides a similar service.

1 Comments:

Anonymous FS said...

They're supposed to last forever, assuming the service doesn't go away.

10:28 AM, February 16, 2005  

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