Ever sent a link to someone and the link was longer than the text you wrote in the email? A link made up of two lines of weird letters and numbers and all you said was “thought you’d like this”. Or ever sent a really long link in an email and then got an email back that said the link didn’t work (because an email program inserted a break in it somewhere)? It doesn’t have to be that way. With TinyURL you can make any long, unwieldy web address into a short link or, aptly enough, a Tiny URL.
Want to waste some time? Feel free to try something called TinyURL-whacking. It’s when you use the basic link for TinyURL (http://tinyurl.com/) and add random letters or numbers after it to go to some random link that someone created a tiny url for. TinyURL is up to six letters or numbers after the slash now (soon not going to be so tiny) so any combination of up to six letters or numbers could work. A variation on this, for the truly bored, is Vanity TinyURL where you put your (six letter or less) name after the tinyurl.com/. Mine is reaaallllly boring. http://tinyurl.com/tina. Stock charts. But the actual address it goes to (http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?c=$hui,uu[e,a]dbcayyay[db][pb50!b200!d20,2!f][vc60][iub14!lo14!la12,26,9!le12,26,9!li14,3!lk14!lm12!lh14,3!lp14,3,3!lf!lya7,14,28][j9343036,y]&listNum=1) is a perfect example of why we need TinyURL.