URL.vg – A twist on tinyurl and varieties
Category: Blog

A while back a conversation started on a work mailing list about the typical URL shortening sites and the features they lacked to make them truly “useful”. After reading this thread, I decided it would be a simple matter to address some of the issues and thus URL.vg was born. Functionality in URL.vg not typically found (well atleast not all at the same site) in most sites includes:

  1. Shortened URLs include the original domain name so you know where your going before you click on the link.
  2. An optional additional form which is a slightly longer more descriptive URL which includes more information about the URL.
  3. Link statistics (See where a link points too, how many times it was viewed, and when it was last viewed)
  4. A Firefox extension which makes it so easy to use, my grandmother could make URL.vg links (assuming I could get her off IE). With the extension installed, it’s a simple matter of right clicking and selecting “Copy Link Location – (URL.vg shortened)” from the context menu and the shortened version is now in the clipboard ready for pasting into your IM /Email / whatever.
  5. Ultra basic site design which is non-intrusive, easy to use, and ad-free (atleast for now) .
  6. Coming Soon: Remote webservices API which allows you to create your own applications using the site

Visit the site: http://url.vg

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions. I am always looking for more ways to improve the site. If you enjoy using the site, please consider linking to it from your site with something like the following:

<a href=”http://url.vg”>Tired of messing with long URLs? Shorten them with URL.vg!</a>

5 Responses to “URL.vg – A twist on tinyurl and varieties”

  1. Miles Libbey says:

    How are you handling abuse? Manually answering abuse@ and postmaster@? (You are receiving that mail right?) You should probably have an abuse policy linked off the home page too.

    Kind of interesting that a blog commenter needs to answer a captcha to decrease the blog spam (which affects you and the 100s? of readers), whereas the url.vg doesn’t — and has the potential to affect millions :)

  2. What happend to you writing good html?

  3. Jeremy says:

    What do you mean?

  4. That html is pretty bad. You need to write it to be good.

  5. Jeremy says:

    Why is it bad? Because it uses tables and inline styles? If you think that you are sadly confused. The design looks almost exactly identical in every major browser without using any CSS/LSM/etc. Why would I want to change it?

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