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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Wow thats stupid
by Verenkeitin on Sat 16th May 2009 17:45 UTC
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How about limiting comments and articles to 140 all uppercase characters while you are at it. Then you could redo the site entirely in Flash with green text on red background. Finally you could write everything in LOLCAT style and replace all images with goatse.

That's how stupid url shortening services are.

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RE: Wow thats stupid
by Adam S on Sun 17th May 2009 01:47 in reply to "Wow thats stupid"
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The point of the domain is to create short links so people can embed them easier.

Why do I always have to explain this idea to everyone like they are children: just because you don't use something doesn't mean no one else does either. If you don't care for URL shortening services, simply don't use them, no need to pipe in to tell everyone else how it serves no purpose for you.

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