Linked by Adam S on Fri 15th May 2009 22:12 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes With the rise of microblogging services like Twitter and, the length of URLs has been the subject of much discussion. Some research has even suggested that long URLs cost us significant dollars, and that by shortening URLs, one could realize significant cost savings in bandwidth. As such, today, we're unveiling, our own short URL service. links are currently peppered throughout the site: you can view them by hovering over any news item, any conversation, or at the end of any story via the "Tweet this!" link. Note that these links are 301 redirected to the appropriate page, there is no actual content living on We hope you enjoy this new service and that it encourages you to share our links more readily. Update by AS: Because everyone seems to be so focused on the "bandwidth savings" of links, let me be very clear: the new URLs are only for your convenience and saving characters in sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Identica where you're limited on characters.
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marketing for osnews
by chris_vickerson on Sat 16th May 2009 04:25 UTC
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It's just a way for osnews to spread their brand through the microblogging community. bandwidth savings is pretty funny though.

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RE: marketing for osnews
by h3rman on Sun 17th May 2009 04:55 in reply to "marketing for osnews"
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It's just a way for osnews to spread their brand through the microblogging community

I get the feeling there's some kind of inflationary force being inflicted upon the word "community". ;)

I've heard about this Twitter thing. Planning to skip that one.
The short URLs thing is good. I like the creativity to prevent links from obtaining absurd lengths.

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