Long URLs are difficult to remember and hard to pass along. URL shortening is a popular technique where a web user can make a web page available under a very short URL in addition to the original address. These URL shortening services are helpful if your web addresses for your web site and blog site start to get long and links will break when sending in an email. Particularly, these services are important for Twitter users since Twitter allows for only 140 characters in any message.
Today, many Web services offer URL redirection with real-time link tracking. Most of these sites shorten Web addresses quickly and easily, with no registration required. Here are my selected 10 sites that allow you to shorten, share, and track your links:
Though URL shortening service is a helpful tool, users need to keep in mind that spammers have also used URL shortening services to cover their tracks. So, it is important to use a reliable URL shortening service that provides the filtering of all shortened links through services like Google Safe Browsing.
What URL shortening services do you use? Please feel free to share your favorite URL shortening services and provide your comments.
If it is a database, it will certainly be the largest – and noisiest – database in the world. This so-called noise is a big problem for the semantic web.
it is democratic, crowdsourced, scalable knowledge engineering, which makes the semantic web a great knowledge base for humanity
Freshness has always been important for search and over the last months ‘live-search’ has become very popular.
Semantic technology, like all technology, needs a certain critical mass. The good thing is that the ecosystem is growing at the moment, with more and more publishers helping out.
The semantic web will include the possibility of numerous “joins” of APIs, and his latest product Siri.com is built on this idea. Siri is a mobile device-based question and answer application using speech as input, and is built on a collection of available APIs.
A new Pew report “The Future of the Internet IV” written by Janna Anderson and Lee Raine is available online this morning. Pew Internet and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked 900 internet experts and stakeholders to react to two opposing statements about the direction and impact of the internet 10 years from now – that is, the year 2020. The survey explored the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, civic and political life. The report covers experts’ thoughts on the following issues:
Google won’t make us stupid.76% of these experts agreed with the statement, “By 2020, people’s use of the Internet has enhanced human intelligence; as people are allowed unprecedented access to more information they become smarter and make better choices. Nicholas Carr was wrong: Google does not make us stupid.”
Reading, writing, and the rendering of knowledge will be improved.65% agreed with the statement “by 2020 it will be clear that the Internet has enhanced and improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge.” Still, 32% of the respondents expressed concerns that by 2020 “it will be clear that the Internet has diminished and endangered reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge.”
Innovation will continue to catch us by surprise.80% of the experts agreed that the “hot gadgets and applications that will capture the imaginations of users in 2020 will often come ‘out of the blue.’”
Respondents hope information will flow relatively freely online, though there will be flashpoints over control of the internet.Concerns over control of the Internet were expressed in answers to a question about the end-to-end principle. 61% responded that the Internet will remain as its founders envisioned, however many who agreed with the statement that “most disagreements over the way information flows online will be resolved in favor of a minimum number of restrictions” also noted that their response was a “hope” and not necessarily their true expectation. 33% chose to agree with the statement that “the Internet will mostly become a technology where intermediary institutions that control the architecture and …content will be successful in gaining the right to manage information and the method by which people access it.”
Anonymous online activity will be challenged, though a modest majority still think it will possible in 2020.There more of a split verdict among the expert respondents about the fate on online anonymity. Some 55% agreed that Internet users will still be able to communicate anonymously, while 41% agreed that by 2020 “anonymous online activity is sharply curtailed.”
I agree with most comments discussed by the experts. Google won’t make us stupid. Instead, the new Web technology tool like Google allows us to locate the information and answers we want more intelligently and efficiently. We will be better informed and educated. I am optimistic about the future role the internet will play in all our lives. It is not surprising to learn that 80% of those who commented believe that new innovative technology will come out of the blue. I doubt many experts in 2000 thought Google Earth, 3D virtual world like Second Life, iPods, iPhones, voice IP phones, smartphones, multi-touch technology, Google Liquid Galaxy, and etc were available and popular today. I am interested to see the new innovative technologies that we will be using in 2015.
For viewing the complete report, you can access the Full Text in HTML and PDF on the PEW site. Also, links to previously released reports on “The Future of the Internet” is also available on the PEW site.
Roy Tanck, designer, geek, entrepreneur and WordPress enthusiast, creates a Flickr widget that lets your photostream fly. This is a very cool widget and yet it is very easy to set up. Roy creates a form online so you can generate a Flash Flickr/Picasa widget for your website or blog using your Flickr or Picasa RSS feed. Simply completing the online form will create the HTML code that you can copy-paste code into any HTML page, blog post or a WordPress text widget.
Here is the URL to access the form for creating a photo widget for Flickr or Picasa.