URL Shorteners (aka URL shortening) were created to easily share a link through IM, Chat, or other forms of web communication. URL shortening is mainly used for Social Media sites, but still have a number of other uses. Below I review my favorite url shorteners and list features for each.
I started this directory because each time I require a url shortener I have different requirements.
For use with twitter or facebook.
Sister site v.gd if the extra character is too much
Shortens your url, plus an optional alias.
Shorten urls, share files and track visits. Requires you to log in with your twitter account. Good for power users, but it requires a re-captcha so it's too slow for me.
This isn't actually a URL shortener, it is for email addresses. Allows you to share your email in a safe way to avoid spam. I've included it here as it works the same as a url shortener. Features:
Snippetty snip snip with your looong URLs! Short URL goodness since 2001. Features: