Monday, December 04, 2006
Bigger than YouTube: Tiny URL the next killer app?
I've known about Tiny URL some time now, and I've always wanted to do a post about the annoying glut of Too Long URLs (web addresses). Some web dev guys will throw a fit, but I declare, along with Jakob Nielsen, that there is NO excuse for a long URL, ever.
I've seen massive and complex sites use simple, short, even guessable URLs for web pages. Blogger.com does a very good job of this. Every site can have brief and simple URLs.
What's wrong with long, bizarre, unguessable URLs? Well, besides the fact that the site is probably poorly organized, too much "done by committee/bureaucracy", you have the problem of TRUNCATED web addresses. That's right. Truncated. Chopped off. In many situations, the long URL will either get shortened by the email client or web site you try to post it to, or it will remain intact, but will break a layout.
We've all seen how a truncated URL leads to nowhere, a "page not found" error message. Or how it stretches across a blog post, then transgresses the sidebar border and overlays other text. It looks stupid.
Now, David Berlind predicts that the service that corrects the Long URL Syndrome, Tiny URL, may be the Next Big Thing for ecommerce.
His reasons are quite studied and astute. I think he may be onto something.
Posted by steven edward streight at 12/04/2006 11:11:00 PM