I know, its on everyone's lips!!
If you don't know what www.tinyurl.com or www.shrinkster.com are, they take long URL's and shrink them down into a more memorable/manageable length. It's perfect for things like Twitter where character count is important.
To choose between the two is a matter of choice, but I personally like Shrinkster and here's why:
1. Tinyurl's, tiny url's are infact not that tiny anymore... http://www.steveclements.net/archive/2008/03/13/run-fat-boy-run.aspx is shrank down to http://tinyurl.com/37kc76 which isn't so easy to remember. Shrinkster takes it down to http://shrinkster.com/vxl - only a matter of time I guess before Shrinkster has so many links, 3 characters are not enough, but for now...make hay!
2. TinyUrl's site is full of crap and ad's all over the place, far too cluttered. Shrinkster is nice and clean, a text box and a "Shrink It!" button!
3. Shrinkster has a some nice Track functionality, as you would imagine you can track how many times your Shrinkster link has been hit....
4. Shrinkster has the verb, Shrinksterise !! - "Shrinkterise it" !! where as "Tinyurlerise it"!! I think NOT! If more get behind it, then a new word to follow "Google it" could be on the way to the Oxford Dictionary!
That comprehensive list of both functional and logical reasons are without a doubt enough to make http://shrinkster.com the URL shrinking service of choice!!! ;-) Perhaps I have too much free time this morning and should find something more productive to think about!
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