URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page. This is achieved by using an HTTP Redirect on a domain name that is short, which links to the web page that has a long URL.
In another word long and unwieldy Web links and shrinking them down to a more reasonable size. Simply copy and paste the offending URL into the field, hit enter, and voila, you’ll get a much shorter link.
These shorter links can then be shared via IM or e-mail without the URL breaking, and they are also very useful with micropublishing tools such as Twitter, where character count is at a premium.
Most of these services also redirect the links straight to the original address. There are literally hundreds of these link shortening services out there.
but we’ve decided to break it down to 10 that we like the most. Here they are in no particular order:
- Shorl: •
- Tweetl: •