Nowadays short URLs have become necessary and a good URL shortener is a priority.
If you are a frequent Twitterer or other social networks user you should know what tiny URLs are and how to get them. Think for example how it could be annoying to send a long URL including often a lot of parameters through an SMS … it could seem like a neverending job. Moreover, a long URL is prone to mistyping or misunderstanding.
A URL shortener is a Web site that will create a short Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or Web page address from a long one so that the short version, which is easier to remember and enter, can be used instead. Short URLs, often referred to as tiny URLs, are basically shortcuts for long URLs. Each tiny URL is mapped to a long URL. When a person visits the short URL, she will be redirected to the original long URL. By going to a free Web sites service like TinyURL.com or AS.VG, you can swap your long URL for a short one. The URL shortening service will maintain the association between the two and redirect anyone who enters the short URL to the page at the long URL.
Short URLs are used for:
- Forum posts, blogs, emails, and IMs where long URLs may be wrapped or broken
- Twitter, SMS, and IM status where there are a limited number of characters
- Hiding the original URL of affiliate links
- Obscuring your actual email address from spy bots and email harvesters
Some of the features of AS.VG are:
- it is one of, if not, the shortest URL shortening service on the web, with its 4 characters length
- it is free and easy to use
- URLs shortened by AS.VG never expire