EE Shortener


Simon Collison - Colly Logic

3rd Party (Free)

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This plugin lets you create your own short URLs using rev=canonical and permanent redirects.

As an avid Twitter user I’m all too aware of the spread of confusing shortened URLs - the TinyURL, and stuff. Over the last week, many have written about the problems of such URLs - bad usability, privacy loss, and the reliance on third-party URL-shortening mediators that could disappear at any time. Certainly, its unlikely that third-party short URLs will be around as long as most of the content they link to.

Thus, its up to us to provide our own short URLs for our own content, and we need to do three things:

* provide a meta link element with the rev=“canonical” attribute in the post’s head.
* Provide a visible, clickable a link in the post’s body, again with rev=“canonical” as an attribute.
* Create a permanent redirect to the actual post, at its natural, elongated URL.

At present, only a few big sites (the likes of Flickr, Dopplr, are doing this, but as more sites embrace it, and more bloggers do the same, we’ll eventually have the critical mass, and maybe when we post those big links into twitter it’ll automatically find the better short URLs we provide. Its worth the effort, however you look at it. There is already a tool that sniffs for your own short links, and even a short link sniffing bookmarklet.

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This entry was created April 13, 2009, 1:29 am.
This entry was last updated November 29, 2009, 6:10 pm.

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