If your site is hosted on wordpress.com, you can use wp.me instead of a third-party URL shortening service (like bit.ly or tinyurl) to generate slim URLs for your blog articles.
Long R Us creates a descriptive and more meaningful URL that contains the domain name of a web page, title and optionally an excerpt of the content.
TinyArro.ws uses Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) to create short URLs that could well be, as they claim, “the shortest URLs on Earth”.
Google Maps URLs are pretty unwieldy especially when sending over an IM, tweet or email. MapOf.it provides you a quick way to link to Google Maps by simply specifying the address of the location as a search parameter.
You are chatting with a friend who needs some help in framing a Google search query. What do you think is the best way to create short URLs for Google search pages ?
Most URL Shortening services suffer from being fairly opaque, often resulting in embarrasing situations for the unsuspecting viewer.
Instead of relying on a external URL shortening service like TinyURL, FriendFeed have created their their own service called ff.im.
Bit.ly is the best web service for compressing long web addresses into short URLs that can be shared in email messages without truncation.
When someone posts a link on Twitter, it is automatically converted into a short URL often powered by tinyurl.com. Human visitors can click the tinyurl link to visit the underlying website but that may or may not be the case with Google spiders.
Say you are sitting inside the office cubicle and get an email or a twitter alert from an old college friend that goes something like this: "Hey!
How do you post a link on Twitter that points to an adult website or a Youtube video that may not be suitable for public viewing ?