• Go.USA.Gov! Our Taxpayer Money Hard At Work Shortening URLs.

    Does the world really need another URL shortener? Apparently, the U.S. government thinks so. It just launched as a link shortening service for government employees. It shortens links from any .gov, .mil, or site. For instance, takes you to a page on Nasa’s site with some nice satellite imagery showing the Fall colors in Wisconsin. … Read More

  • And Fastest, Most Reliable URL Shorteners. Tr.Im Comes Up . . . Short.

    When it comes to shortening links, the brevity of the URL is not the only factor you should consider. Speed and reliability are also important. After all, the main purpose of URL shortening services such as and TinyURL are to redirect you back to the original (long) link someone shortened in the first place. You want the redirect to be fast and reliable. The rise of Twitter and… Read More

  • Can't/Won't Sell, Goes Open Source, Blames Everyone

    Oh, this is rich. The Nambu Network, owners of the URL-shortening service announced today that the service will go open source on or before September 15 of this year. That’s odd since the service has now gone from completely shutting down, to trying hard to sell, to bringing the service back up so it can sell, to now going open source in just 8 days. Let me be clear, going open… Read More

  • Following The Incident, 301works Is Ready To Insure Shortened URLs

    Perhaps you’ve been following the fiasco. If not, basically the URL shortening service shut down and said all its links would cease to work by the end of the year, dealing a severe blow to users of any URL shortening service. has since recanted its decision (if only to make it easier to sell), but the problem is still a very real one: What happens if your favorite… Read More

  • We Were Just Kidding About Cutting You Off. Also, We're Still For Sale.

    We don’t know what is going on over at Nambu, but it doesn’t smell good. Today, just days after shutting down and saying all support would cease at the end of the year, killing all the links shortened with the service, they have reversed course. “Nambu will keep operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to… Read More

  • Nambu Wants $80K-$100K For, Considers Shutting Down Its Twitter Client

    Earlier today, we reported on offering parent Nambu Network, a couple of ways to ensure all its links don’t die when the service stop supporting them at the end of the year. Nambu rejected those, as it is instead looking to sell. Now we know the price it’s asking for: As of right now, they’re seeking something between $80,000 and $100,000, three separate sources… Read More

  • The Short and Winding Road

    The news that some loser URL shortener is closing down does not prove anything other than that those who promoted it with their links better have gotten something out of the deal already. It’s all part of the usual pony ride that starts with excitement about the possibilities and ends in recriminations about the winners controlling the market. Now Dave Winer is calling for an end to what… Read More

  • Cuts Off's 301works Idea, Wants to Sell

    Yesterday, upon hearing that the URL shortening service was shutting down,, the largest URL-shortener, stepped in with a proposal. The offer wasn’t to buy the service, but rather to propose that host’s URL-mappings indefinitely, or that they join the project, a sort of archive for shortened web links. parent Nambu Networks has rejected… Read More

  • Despite All The Angst Around Its Demise, Will Hardly Be Missed

    For all the angst around the demise of, the fact is that there are way too many URL shortening services in the world and inevitably more will fall by the wayside. There simply is no need for more than a dozen services to make long URLs shorter (and that doesn’t even count services such as or the Diggbar which incorporate a URL shortener as a feature). Already, the market… Read More