Despite their popularity, URL shortening sites are by no means a permanent fixture on the internet. A perfect example of this was tr.im, which announced last month that it was shutting down (and taking down all the links users had generated with it). Fortunately, tr.im decided to reverse its decision soon after. However, this shows how potentially vulnerable these services are.
For fun (and peace of mind) – I decided to experiment with creating my own URL shortener for personal purposes! This would allow me to periodically backup my database of links and also serve as a way to bookmark and share content that I find interesting. Plus, I was able to acquire a fun URL as well.
If you see links from it, you know it’s from me and is something I thought was interesting enough to share! Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. I’d like to do some more things in the future as well (i.e., show a list of the most popular links).
It’s no secret that I love to use Twitter. As I approach my 3,000th tweet, I used Wordle to compile a list of words that I most frequently use when posting to Twitter. The size of each word is based on the relative frequency that I use it.
San Francisco based Current has the best (and most hilarious) summary I’ve seen yet on what Twitter is all about. I often have a hard time trying to explain to friends and family just what exactly Twitter is.
Also – Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was on the Colbert Report on Thursday night as well. Check out the interview!