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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.