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Monday, September 03, 2007

Shorten URLs for Beautiful Emails and Blog Posts

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When you send a friend a link to a funny video or a cool website, you might end up with a horrifically long URL that gets chopped up when your friend opens your email later. Or if you post a long URL on your blog, it may get hidden by other elements of your blog, or it might run over and block some of them.

You don't want that to happen, which is where services like urlBeach come in. Just paste in a long and ugly URL, click the "shrink" button, and get back a nice and beautiful URL that redirects to your original destination.

For instance, you can reach Digital Alchemy using http://urlbeach.com/1f1e9d instead of http://www.digitalalchemy.tv.

Of course, the classic service to use to shorten URLs is TinyURL, but it isn't as cleanly designed as urlBeach..

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