In anotherepisode of the tr.im 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 tr.im data will be released in real-time to anyone interested and that the possibility to use the tr.im 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 tr.im has been sold.
Nambu have resurrected the tr.im URL shortener service. Why?
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.
We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.
So the URL shortener is back from the dead, but for how long? That is a valid question, despite the fact that they are “overwhelmed by the response”, they still think that all the reasons they initially listed for shutting down tr.im are valid.
Would you trust tr.im with your shortened URLs after this affair?
URL shortener tr.im is throwing in the towel, and sends some blame to Twitter since they prefer competitor bit.ly. Fair enough, I’d say, and some players in the URL shortening field is bound to fall off in the coming months. Nambu’s tr.im just happen to be vocal about it in a blog post.
And finally, Twitter has all but sapped us of any last energy to double-down and develop tr.im further. What is the point? With bit.ly the Twitter default, and with us having no inside connection to Twitter, tr.im will lose over the the long-run no matter how good it may or may not be at this moment, or in the future.