Shorten URLS on the Fly
I just saw this new service called IS.GD that shortens your URLS for you. I’ve taken a liking to this vs. ShortURL and TinyURL because of the length of the site name and the fact that so far, they’ve only reached 3 characters trailing the domain name.
But here’s the trick: they have an awesome API. And that makes it easy for me to make this quick little bookmarklet, which is after the jump. They only work for Firefox.
Make a new bookmark in your bookmark toolbar and make it to:
Put that on your toolbar, and click when you arrive at a webpage. It will show a lone website link, which you can copy away.
2. Search Bookmarklet
Make a bookmark in a folder in your bookmarks; it can be anywhere. Make it to:
(no drag-and-drop, because you’re not supposed to put it on your toolbar)
Now set the keyword to something like ‘shorten’. Save it.
Whenever you want to shorten a website, got to your address bar and type your keyword, a space, and then your website (eg. shorten google.com or something). It will open a blank page with a lonely link. That’s it!
This is all done with the API that is.gd made, by the way. Cool, huh?