Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
In our age of information and technology, there isn’t as much mystery as there used to be. In that sense, short URLs (e.g., tinyurl.com/123) can be fun! Who knows where you’ll wind up.
Some folks aren’t as happy with uncertainty in hyperlinking; one of them, Darragh Curran, wrote in to tell us about his project: Long URL Please.
Long URL please (http://www.longurlplease.com) is a JSON webservice to
efficiently convert short urls (tinyurl.com/123) to their originals.
I’ve got a simple jquery plugin to take advantage of it, and a firefox
plugin. It’s running on google app engine.
Darragh hates short URLs so much he’s offering to contribute his time to help wipe them off the face of the web:
I’d love to see it used in apps like twhirl/tweetdeck/twitterific, on
microblogging sites and pretty much anywhere that’s got lots of short
urls. In that respect I’ll happily contribute my time to help those
people/teams integrate with the service.
There’s even a bookmarklet.
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:22 am