Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Web is getting smaller

There has recently been a surge in tools designed to make the Web a little smaller, in a sense:
  1. TinyUrl - This tool has actually been around for a while, but only recently has it been catching on. It allows you to create a small URL that is more manageable when emailing friends, posting on Facebook, etc.
    http://www.example.com/my/very/long/url  -->  http://tinyurl.com/2

    Update: urlBorg and the spanking new bit.ly are similar services that offer even more functionality.

  2. LinkBunch - The same thing as TinyUrl except your link resolves to one or more URLs.
    http://www.example.com/link1
    http://www.example.com/link2 --> http://linkbun.ch/abc
    http://www.example.com/link3

  3. Tinydb - Stores a small amount of information that can be accessed from a tiny URL.
    http://tinydb.org/_write?name=mccown&topic=small+web
    --> Puts key/value pairs into the database

    http://tinydb.org/1ct?_f=xml --> Returns XML-formatted results:

    <xml_data>
    <url>None<url>
    <topic>small web<topic>
    <tinydb_id>1ct<tinydb_id>
    <name>mccown<name>
    <created>2008-07-02 14:57:36.657199<created>
    <xml_data>