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MiniQR brings URL shortening to QR Codes

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[Austria] Franz Enzenhofer, an Austrian developer, has merged two current Internet trends and created something pretty neat: MiniQR, a URL shortening service for QR Codes.

Imagine you are a company and want to create your very own QR code for a product, service or any other use. MiniQR enables you to do just that but also adds a URL shortening feature to the mix. Enter techcrunch.com as the source to be encoded, for example, and MiniQR provides a unique and clean QR Code which points to a shortened version of the URL – miniqr.com/techcrunch.

Information entered (in this case the domain) is also amended to the shortened URL, which Enzenhofer claims helps to prevent “QR domain grabbing”.

QR Codes are those 2-dimensional barcode-like stickers they you may have come across on sights, products or pretty much anything else. Using a smartphone with a QR code scanning application installed you’re able to scan the code using the phone’s camera, decode it and be redirected to whatever online destination lies underneath. This technology, which strives from Japan and was created back in 1994, has found itself being utilized in multiple ways, although mostly in marketing (aside from packaging, distribution and other B2B applications).

URL shorteners, synonymous with the real-time web and made popular through Twitter, are the quick and tiny helpers of today’s Internet. They create an alternative and much shorter URL for any web address and the idea has escalated into a huge number implementations, ultimately with Google jumping on the bandwagon.

Other small apps such as Kaywa or QR Code generator are already doing a good job of enabling a QR code to be generated within seconds, but MiniQR’s concept of positioning it as as a URL shortening service too has some added viral potential.

  • http://www.sweetylife.com Paris75

    Very useful tools.
    That is cool to generate QR Codes. Is there any application that can read them on PC (throw the webcam for example) ?

    • Anonymous

      Hey Paris75, I’m using this barcode reader software for Windows,
      and I think it’s pretty good~
      Free download at
      http://onbarcode.com/scanner/

      Very easy to use~ Hope you like it~

  • http://marketingtypo.com/2010/01/05/miniqr-brings-url-shortening-to-qr-codes/ MiniQR brings URL shortening to QR Codes : MarketingTypo.com

    […] Other small apps such as Kaywa or QR Code generator are already doing a good job of enabling a QR code to be generated within seconds, but MiniQR’s concept of positioning it as as a URL shortening service too has some added viral potential. View full post on TechCrunch Europe […]

  • http://delivr.com david harper

    Hi Lukas. If you like mash ups of mobile-friendly URLs, QR Codes, and analytics on sharing across mobile and social and networks try http://delivr.com that launched about a year ago. David Harper, Co-founder, Delivr

  • http://delivr.com david harper

    …we can also host your own domain.

  • http://www.ukstevieb.com/2010/01/05/steviebs-shared-items-january-5-2010/ StevieB’s Shared Items – January 5, 2010 | LostInCyberspace

    […] MiniQR brings URL shortening to QR CodesJanuary 4, 2010 […]

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  • Anonymous

    Wow, these QR codes generators are absolutely cool!
    But I’ve been using another one which is even easier to use~

    Check out free online qr code generator here~
    http://generator.onbarcode.com/online-qr-code-barcode-generator.aspx

    And for developers they got barcode generators for .NET, free demo download at
    http://onbarcode.com/products/net_barcode/

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