Saturday, June 21, 2008

Long list of URL shorteners

I recently went on a hunt for alternatives to tinyurl.com, just to see how many there are out there. The concept and implementation are simple. My company runs one, too—flq.us. As you can see, there are quite a few.
301url.com*
6url.com
bit.ly
budurl.com
canurl.com
cli.gs
cuttr.info*
decenturl.com
diggurl.com*
doiop.com
dwarfurl.com
easyurl.net
elfurl.com
fire.to
flq.us
freak.to
fype.com*
gonext.org*
is.gd
ix.lt
jive.to*
krunchd.com
kurl.us*
lilurl.us*
lnkurl.com*
memurl.com
miklos.dk
miny.info*
myurl.in
nanoref.com
notlong.com
piurl.com
plexp.com*
qicute.com
qurlyq.com
readthisurl.com*
redir.fr*
redirx.com
rurl.org
shorl.com
shorterlink.com
shortlinks.co.uk
shorturl.com
shout.to
shrinkurl.us
shurl.net
simurl.com
smarturl.eu
snipurl.com
snurl.com
starturl.com
surl.co.uk
tighturl.com
tinylink.com
traceurl.com
tr.im
twurl.nl
url9.com
urlcut.com
urlcutter.com*
urlhawk.com
urlpass.com
url-press.com
urlsmash.com*
urlsn.com*
urltea.com*
yuarel.com
x.se*
xaddr.com
xil.in*
xrl.us
yatuc.com
yep.it
yweb.com
*Defunct.

It's interesting that even with all this competition, tinyurl.com has almost cornered the market. I've seen some use of urltea.com and maybe single instances of a few more.

31 comments:

BiginJapan said...

You forgot http://elfurl.com

plong said...

Of course! Duh. The reference that got me to publish my list in the first place. Okay, I added it. Thanks.

Ronny Johnsen said...

DiggUrl.Com Professional Short URl Website

Have difficulties with never-ending URLs? Diggurl will solve all your problems

Visit http://www.diggurl.com to create shortened/redirected URLs to any long URL.

# Free! No registration required.
# Manage your shortened URLs.
# Set temporary download links and protect them with password.
# Hide your URLs from search engines and bots.
# Cleaner bookmarks in your web browsers.
# Continuous URLs in emails.
# AJAX interface;
# Bulk URL shortening;
# Password-protected URLs;
# Temporary URLs;
# Custom tags;
# Custom tags for bulk URLs (automatically assigned tags like tag1, tag2, tag3 and so on);
# Redirects statistic - referer domain, referer page, visitor's IP (+ link to geographical information about each visitor), date;
# URLs and hits statistics can be seen even without registration (IP-based authorization);
# Registered users: edit/delete URLs;
# Mass upload URLs from file;
# Export links to CSV file;

Lionel Chollet said...

There was also http://zi.ma (defunct), now replaced by http://kl.am

Jeffrey McManus said...

Don't forget icanhaz.com which seems like a joke but is actually for reals.

Dan said...

I suppose you haven't seen SoCuteUrl.com? It's utterly ridiculous, but functional... not sure if it's a sly joke or note :-)

Matt 'AgentA' said...

I'd like to recommend urlShort, which is both a service and an open source project. My goal with urlShort is to make it the best free and open source URL shortener, which can be used in a lot of ways whether it is Twitter, email, browsers, or anything else. Information is at http://u.mavrev.com/pro

contact said...

A great one is http://shrten.com - Very simple, straight to the point! Great API too :)

www.From-Thailand.Com said...

And http://TwitterPan.com/ "the URLs which wouldn't grow up" :)

sig said...

u.n33t.net just launched!

Alex said...

I've done a bit of a different URL shortener recently - http://xm.my/ creates 17-character long URLs for locations on a map. Not directly a simple URL shortener, but maybe still useful.

iblacky said...

We have just published very useful url shortener with very detailed statistics (GEO, google maps etc.) http://smal.ly

N1c0_ds said...

You should consider adding trly.gd. It's still new so there are only 1 or 2 characters at the end

Secure said...

Please add http://lnks.it With this, you can sort, browse, search and assign custom names for your favorite urls.

stevehinesley said...

302url.com is another one...

Aaron said...

and http://ptl.me

Andy said...

And how about http://zip2.eu

Erik Aronesty said...

http://ut.ag - very short, api/bookmarklets/custom links

trdt said...

on more http://alic.at/

dfishud said...

http://get.tc too.
It's pretty new, but it can track urls and use passwords, etc.

cats said...

Forgot lovebyt.es

Seems to be a popular one between my friends, love the bookmarklet too :D

Rodrigo Siqueira said...

http://go2.do/ - Shorten and personalize url. This one includes visitor's IP in stats.

ITs_FaLL said...

try this one: http://2ty.cc/

San said...

http://u2s.in
A Very New short URL service with new functionality...
* Set number of times URL get accessed
* set expiry date for each URL
* make custom URL string
* get full of details reports of the url statistics
* auto delete can be set
* make very very long URL to too short
enjoy... u2s.in

inbox said...

You might want to try www.URLNumber.com -- a multi-lingual numeric shortener we just created.

poo.pr said...

Check out http://poo.pr. It's for shortening shit.

FREEZX said...

try null-url.com, it's my favorite and also has qr code generation ;)

GigaPixels said...

You forgot this URL shortener

chrst.ph

GigaPixels said...

christophe url shortener is my favorite :)

Nurnal said...

yi.tl just launched: http://yi.tl

yi.tl is the first URL shortener to offer support for category tags. This unique service allows users to group related URLs and easily retrieve old links. To save time, the site will even make tag suggestions based on the URL being shortened.

Kirt Cathey said...

Two Words:
Linky Gaga
Three letters:
l.gg

http://l.gg features Digg-style voting and link tracking.