tiny-dog-big-dogYou may be seeing links to URLs in posts and newspapers and on forums, etc., that use http://tiny… .

The “tiny” URLs are shortened versions of long URLs for convenience, and they are especially handy for micro-blogs, like Twitter, where you are limited to 140 characters.

Here’s how it works and where you might use it.

You’re reading something on a blog that you disagree with. You do a search and find information to back up your point of disagreement, and the link to that info is like 50 characters long. You can pull up this cool little utility program, paste the long URL into it, hit the “Tiny It” button, and you get a shortened version of that goes directly to your clipboard, so you can paste it into your post in place of the long URL. Both URLs go to the same information, and the shortened version is a permanent link.

Here’s a real example for the election results from Tuesday:

Original long URL = http://www.stlouisco.com/elections/eresults/el090407/el45.htm 

Same link as a shortened URL = http://tiny.cc/RtBtd 

So, that’s your techno lesson today, and here’s the link to the utility for you:

 http://www.tiny.cc/

You’re dying to use it, aren’t you?

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