Top 5 URL Shorteners and How They Help You

Long URLs are simply hard to pass along. The links tend to sometimes break in email, are harder to verbalize in a conversation, and they are difficult, or in some cases near impossible to remember.

For example, let’s say you want to pass along this piece of news to your friends about how the ‘Iphone will test loyalty of cellular customers’– Which you can visit with this long URL…

…which I will need to shorten to something more digestible.

Now, there are a plethora of URL shortening services out there – the majority of them free, but most of them not bringing anything unique to the table.  Here are some notable exceptions with useful value-added features in place:

#1 Choose your own page name with Doiop


What Doiop allows you to do is actually define your own keyword (In this case I used loyalty) so you can give your short link some context, something simple which many URL shortening services just don’t offer.

Result: Link shortened to –

#2 Create instant short URLs using bookmarklets and enjoy previews with TinyURL


TinyURL is probably the most famous of all the URL shortening sites out there, but many people don’t take advantage of two key features they offer.  The first – Incorporating a one-click bookmarklet on your browser, so you never have to visit the site to shorten a URL, just click a button on your browser and it’s done!

The second is a preview feature.  This tells anyone who clicks on the preview link – what exactly they are accessing, so there are no surprises on the other end.

Result: Link shortened to

#3 Tag short URLs using multiple keywords with ReadthisURL


Just like Doiop, this allows you to add context to your shortened URLS but this time by allowing users to tag it with multiple keywords. 

Result: Link shortened to

#4 Create pronounceable with


Too lazy to think of a keyword but still want some form of coherence for your shortened URLs?  memURL will create a mnemonic link which is easy to pronounce (but doesn’t mean anything).  memURL also comes with a bookmarklet feature for one click shortening.

Result: Link shortened to

#5 Track your short URL traffic and stats with


On top of a basic URL shortening system, DwarfURL allows users to track statistics and traffic of these shortened URLs.  Perfect for tracking how many people actually visit those links you send them :)

Result: Link shortened to

A word to the wise here – Like most good things on the Internet, spammers have invaded the URL shortening space -using these services to cover their tracks.  I would apply the same level of caution when clicking on the links – only doing so when you’re sure it comes from a trusted source.

What URL shortening services do you use?  Let us know in the comments!

[tags] url redirection, url shortener, tinyurl, domain [/tags]

440 Replies to “Top 5 URL Shorteners and How They Help You”

  1. I use its a very nice site, it has analytics for all of my shortened urls and the owners are always adding new features. I can’t live without this site!!!!!

  2. I use They are new but they are atleast more unique than Not much tracking yet but they don’t delete your links, thative noticed so far ive got few deleted links on I’d give 3 1/2 out of 5 stars right now hopefully they make more improvements in the long run. But they are atleast sound and the owner will talk to u on twitter if u have questions.

  3. is a great short url service that keeps unique visitor count and lets people vote. I trust short links more than any other because when the vote score goes negative it doesn’t forward you to the destination instead it provides a link to it. keeps users safe!

  4. i came across this new url shortener called…..its got a catchy name…..and its working pretty well…..u cn keep any shortener u wnt……and no one can keep the same shortener !!!!!

  5. : A Very new Service on the internet for making long url shorter with a very new concept…
    * Password protect your url
    * set access right as a number of time url access
    * set expiry date for individual url
    * make custom url
    * get full statistics of the url
    * make very long url to toooooo short


  6. Well. I am using becouse it has a toolbar button for firefox and you can track any short url just by adding a question mark at the end of any url. for example:
    And sharing options are easy to use.

    * Password protect your url
    * set access right as a number of time url access
    * set expiry date for individual url
    * make custom url
    * get full statistics of the url
    * API to bind with your application
    * make very long url to toooooo short

  8. I normaly use, because i clicked one of the link and there was no ad, so i use this so people dont get to see adverts. and they have Google Chrome Browser extension easy to use..

    Thanks for helpful information..

  9. I use – shortens urls quickly with the ability to copy then to the clipboard. Useful and has protected URLs to protect from some scams and viruses. (not all, they seem to be updating the database frequently with known sitws though)

  10. Hey do check – the best and safe URL shortening service with comprehensive link statistics and free API. You can convert long links to short tiny links, customize and share them instantly with your friends, get comprehensive click statistics for your tiny links and use free API in your applications. Each URL checked before redirecting against Google safe browsing list of websites, phishtank phishing list, spamming list, SURBL list and blocked websites list.

  11. I use (once ???).
    It’ s new but amazing !
    Looks like a pro service, and still gives you a free account.
    Define your own urls, get previews at anytime, track them and if you need it … keep ’em always updated. Looks really cool !
    Used to shorten urls on but I’m not missing it !

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