Some times it’s needed to cut URL before posting it somewhere. For example, in Twitter. There is a famous service which does that called TinyURL. It makes association between original and short URLs and keeps it on its side. So, you can use that short version instead of log original URL.
But the progress doesn’t stop and as result we have at least 8 alternatives for TinyURL. One of them is Short URL Service. In addition to the base functionality of handing you back short links, it also adds built-in visitor and hit tracking, tags, expiration dates for links, password-protected links, and bulk submission.
Personally, I use TinyURL quite often. I like it and I like Firefox plug-in TinyURL Creator. It allows to integrate TinyURL service directly into browser which makes creation of short URLs very handy.
[via Web Worker Daily]