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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RE[4]: laziness
by fonebone on Sun 17th May 2009 17:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: laziness"
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What poor skills?
in txt messages

Shouldn't that be "text" messages? Or did you forget you're not writing on a mobile phone/twitter?

I rest his case.

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RE[5]: laziness
by WereCatf on Sun 17th May 2009 17:54 in reply to "RE[4]: laziness"
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Shouldn't that be "text" messages? Or did you forget you're not writing on a mobile phone/twitter?

Well, it depends. Atleast I'm used to writing "txt message" when I literally mean those SMS messages you send from your phone. I don't then mean any other kind of short text messages. Maybe he's just used to meaning similar things? After all, a "text message" could mean almost any kind of a message with mostly text in it.

About this discussion you're having here..well, I don't have much to say. I have noticed some teens not knowing how to spell almost anything correctly, but I also see cases who write "SMS speak" on their phone but in essays they write perfect Finnish. I'd just say that those who write "SMS speak" even in essays are just too lazy to bother to learn properly and deserve the bad grades they get.

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