Practically, anyone who tweet nowadays uses a URL shortener service. Tinyurl.com was the first one out of the gate as far as I can recall. Quickly followed by a slew of services joining the fray. The list starts from bit.ly, is.gd, tr.im, ow.ly and on and on. Here’s a comprehensive list – well, at the time it was written.
Not listed is my own personal URL shortener at uly.me. Launched about two months ago and used mostly for the personal branding of my blog – as opposed to using a third party service. Every article on my blog has a short URL, including this article. In addition, I also use uly.me for Twitter and email.
Now, Facebook and Google have started their own service. Facebook launched today FB.me, while Google announced their own called Goo.gl. Did anyone see these two coming? I’m a bit surprised. They both caught me off guard. Google’s service will focus on stability, security and speed. I’m sure they will do a great job.
Well, I’m proud to say that I got my service up before Google and Facebook ever did. I beat them by two months. That’s one accomplishment I can brag about. I know it’s not much, but it’s worth something to me. Well, it’s a great way to start the week.