Short URLs are everywhere, and I do not see them going away anytime soon. Services like T.LY, TinyURL, and Bitly have billions of short links spread out all across the web. If these services shut down, billions of URLs would fail to redirect, and this could break the internet. Explaining what a URL Shortener service is not complicated. Most people know how they work and their purpose, but here are a few reasons to create short URLs you may not know.
Make URLs Shorter
There are many uses for short URLs besides the obvious long link to short links. How much easier is it to share: t.ly/short vs https://timleland.com/are-url-shorteners-useful-today/? This is common use case when links are shared verbally. For example, when sharing a URL on YouTube videos, podcasts, radio, and tv, a long, complicated URL will not result in many visits.
Some other use cases are when there is a character limit, such as text messages which are limited to 160 characters. This also used to be an issue on Twitter, but they solved it by using their URL Shortener.
Short URLs are also easier to remember when typing or saying. I may not remember the full URL of this blog post, but I will remember t.ly/short. Read More