The sys admin’s daily grind: Yourls

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Without TinyURL.com and similar URL shortening services, many Twitter postings would only have enough space left for “Look at this.” But if you run a web server yourself, you might prefer to grow your own shortener.

Identi.ca and Twitter are currently driving demand for URL shortening services; 140 characters just doesn’t give you enough space to waste 60 characters on a web address. Even in normal email, it can make sense to use a URL shortener if an embedded URL reaches the maximum line length of 80 characters. TinyURL.com, which recently acquired MakeAShorterLink.com, can squash these behemoths.

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