URL Shortening Services
The three shown at the top of this post are all providers of this all-important service. dwarfURL offers a history of the long URLs you have used in the past, and it keeps this as a database. It also has a Firefox add-in available. SnipURL allows you to manage and browse your "snips," but they require you to register and log in to manage this database. Both SnipURL and TinyURL can be dragged to your Web browser's Favorites. Depending on your security settings, you may or may not be able to add a button in your Links toolbar. I use TinyURL a lot. There is nothing fancy about it, but since I share Web links with staff members all day long, it makes quick and easy work of this task, which is what I need. Taking a 120-character URL and converting it to 14 characters is really quite slick, and important. If you start using this tool (from any of these sites), you will wonder how you did without it for so long. Your blog posts and e-mails will appear so much more professional. Add this to your browsing/sharing repertoire, and your friends and colleagues will think you are the ultimate blogging, browsing, tech-tinkering Web savvy guru, and this service costs not a cent.