whats the best short url generator?

Profile picture of the author BJ Min by BJ Min Posted: 10/07/2010
hi,

there are tons of short url generators out there like
tinyurl
bit.ly
etc...

what's the best one...and im assuming those links last forever right?

thanks
bj
#generator #short #url

  • Profile picture of the author JeannieAnderson
    JeannieAnderson
    This information is outdated, but it's a place to start.

    URL Shorteners: Which Shortening Service Should You Use?
  • Profile picture of the author misterhu
    misterhu
    I used those in the past but currently I'm using ping.fm for social networking. It will shorten your URL once you broadcast your message or post.
  • Profile picture of the author FredJones
    FredJones
    Each of them work - but I have no idea why any one of them should be considered to be better than others. They last, they are accurate and they are efficient AFAIK - but double-check, just in case I am wrong.
  • Profile picture of the author Derek S
    Derek S
    stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.
  • Profile picture of the author CatherineC
    CatherineC
    Originally Posted by Derek S View Post

    stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.
    Was shocked by that this morning, wow. Going to try Google's service instead. Big G!
  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    petevamp
    I think google has once again taken this crown. You get to link your short urls made with googles short url tool to your analytics account from what I hear. Which gives the short url that much more value to you since you no longer have to spend the time going through other sites just to see how a url is doing. The google url shotener has alot of the same features as all the others as well. But for me since I do alot of work with in google it makes it alot easier. However I personally self host all my urls even those I want to make shorter. This way I can keep track of them better and change them easily if need be.
  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    rapidscc
    Yups, better go with http://goo.gl/
  • Profile picture of the author theentry
    theentry
    Yes try the google shorturl service, they offer pretty neat stats to every short url. But be aware that those stats are public!
  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    addison.agnote
    bit.ly for me!
  • Profile picture of the author Sammy McClane
    Sammy McClane
    Originally Posted by Derek S View Post

    stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.
    Thanks for that - all my links are on there. Guess I'd better figure something out

    - Sammy
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Donne
    Chris Donne
    I did prefer bitly ,however with the info posted here, i change my mind , tiny url is good but i will try ping
  • Profile picture of the author diyakapoor
    diyakapoor
    I am using tinyurl from a long time and it works good
  • Profile picture of the author alfredopalconit
    alfredopalconit
    Originally Posted by CatherineC View Post

    Was shocked by that this morning, wow. Going to try Google's service instead. Big G!
    any source re .ly closedown?
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by diyakapoor View Post

    I am using tinyurl from a long time and it works good
    How about last year when it suddenly went into bankruptcy and stopped trading and all the links briefly disappeared before it was luckily rescued in a corporate buyout, Diyakapoor - was that good for your business?

    A really good alternative to bit.ly is not to be dependent on the continued existence, goodwill, availability and changeable terms of service of any unnecessary third-party services for shortening url's, but instead to be fully in control of your own business and its traffic.

    On the subject of ".ly" domains, I read this yesterday on Ben Metcalfe's blog: The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog

    The whole thing is just yet another warning to stop using these silly url-shorteners.

    "I sent a Priest; I sent a car; I sent a boat; I sent a helicopter - what more can I do?!"
  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    Evan-M
    id go with Google, you know Google isn't going anywhere anytime soon lol
  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Gary King
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


    A really good alternative to bit.ly is not to be dependent on the continued existence, goodwill, availability and changeable terms of service of any unnecessary third-party services for shortening url's, but instead to be fully in control of your own business and its traffic.
    Glad I read all the posts before responding.... Alexa said it best.

    DON'T bases your business on free services that could go away. Be in control of your destiny. Redirect stuff from your own sites.
  • Profile picture of the author Marc Harty
    Marc Harty
    First, even before the Libyan government thing with bit.ly I have another reason for not using them. I was using bit.ly for links to my blog about posts that were critical about a certain marketer.

    I discovered that all it takes is someone saying that the bit.ly link is spam (for any reason, no proof) and bit.ly puts up a WARNING page that looks like you're risking your computer's safety if you click the link.

    After several emails back and forth with bit.ly they said they've whitelisted my blog's domain, but what a hassle!

    Now that Google has a url shortener and they provide metrics, and TechCrunch ran tests that proved it's the fastest, why go anywhere else?
  • Profile picture of the author chilidawg
    chilidawg
    I found a new free url shortner that also keeps track of all the traffic for you as well.

    Anyone can pm me for the link as I'm not allowed to put it on here.
  • Profile picture of the author Partner Guy
    Partner Guy
    I use budurl..it also has pretty good tracking for a small monthly fee.
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Skelly
    Andrew Skelly
    I started using stumble upons SU.PR and I love it...it bookmarks too.

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