Saga Continues. In This Episode: to be Community Owned


trim.pngIn another episode of the saga, Nambu’s Eric Woodward, announced that the service will be opened to the community on September 15, 2009 and the code will be released under the MIT open-source license.

Woodward also promised that he will continue to cover financial costs to continue the service. Donations are welcome and accepted. Further on it was announced that data will be released in real-time to anyone interested and that the possibility to use the platform on self-maintained domains will be offered as well.

Personally I am getting a little bored of the constant change in direction coming from Nambu and I do not expect anything else than a news update in the next days, announcing that has been sold.

WordPress launches shorturls for WordPress hosted blogs

WordPress logoThe Automattic has announced the launch of shorturls for hosted blogs. According to Matt Mullenweg the shorturl is different from other services such as tiny.url or who had their 5 minutes of fame last week.

  • is the only two-letter .me domain in the world
  • Every blog and post on has a URL now
  • These are all exposed in the using rel=shortlink
  • It doesn’t work for any URL in the world, just ones
  • The links are permanent, they will work as long as is around
  • is spam-free, because we are constantly monitoring and removing spam from

Other than the restriction of only being available to users, sounds like pretty much any other shorturl service to me. Most bloggers will not care about the rel="shortlink" code in the header nor will most users bother thinking long term if their links will still work in a year. But all credits to the Automattic team to cover most angles for their users and keep adding services to their platform, making better and better on an almost daily base.

Exploring Social Media: Shortening Those Links

Example of a tiny URL in Twitter tweet

Exploring Social Media article series badgeAs I continue to explore social media and social media tools, I find myself relying more and more on URL short aliases like those produced by TinyURL. Long URL addresses are shrunk down to 8-14 characters. We’re growing more and more dependent upon information reduced to 140 characters in a world still ruled by the power of the link, and desperately seeking a way to squeeze down a long URL into as few characters as possible is a growing and competitive web app industry.

The need to reduce the URL on social media networks is similar to the need to compress down file sizes for transfer and backups in the earliest days of computers. WinZip, PKZIP, WinRAR, StuffIt, and others allowed us to shrink down a file to fit onto a small floppy disk, and continue to allow us backup, share, and transport large files in tiny boxes. It took a while, but soon Microsoft and Apple realized that file compression was essential and today, their operating systems include file compression.

Just as we needed to shrink our files, we now have to shrink our links. While not currently integrated into software and web apps, the day is coming when URL short aliases are coming to a web app near you. Right now, you have to settle for third-party integration. [Read more…]