URL shorteners come in handy when you need to share a link that is longer than the allowed limit for most social media platforms, or just want to keep your Twitter posts under 280 characters. While many websites offer a similar service, TinyURL has been around since 2002 and is simple enough that anyone can use it without any hassle. To create a TinyURL to paste into a post on your favorite site, go to the website and click Make TinyURL! This will take you to a page where you can make up to five custom URLs with whatever information you choose. In the second half of the URL (the snippet after the two forward slashes), enter whatever description makes sense to your audience [e.g., "Best URL shortener for quick, anonymous use"]. You can then use that link indefinitely without fear that it will stop working. If you would like to see a log of all the links you've created with TinyURL (or any other short URLs you might have generated), click Log in and make an account. This allows you to track anything from clicks and users who viewed your links to whether or not they were shared on social media platforms such as Facebook.
TinyURL offers many useful features for free, but if you want more control over your shortened links, upgrade to a paid plan. Web developers should especially take note because paid plans allow for code insertion so that every URL posted redirects visitors to custom subpages on your website with related ads or content. Paid plans also feature link tracking, analytics, and historical data. Best of all, paid plans are only $36 for one year or $8 per month. You can upgrade your account at any time during these subscription periods to reset the clock and keep the same price [i.e., if you signed up in September 2016 with a yearly plan and want to resubscribe in September 2017, you'll pay only $9 because it will be a new subscription rather than adding on another year].
TinyURL (https://tinyurl.com) is free for anyone to use without needing an account [ARTICLE END] . TinyURL (https://tinyurl.com) was created by Kevin Gilbertson in 2002 according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TinyURL . To make a URL shorter, click the Make TinyURL! button on https://tinyurl.com . You can make up to five free URLs at time according to https://tinyurl.com/faq-terms . If you sign up for an account, you can see all your links in a history and subscribe to paid plans which let you get analytics and track links according to https://tinyurl.com/features-paid . *****
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TinyURL is a fast and easy way to get a short web address that can be used to redirect people from long URLs or sometimes email addresses. There are some other great features included with TinyURL such as click tracking and link bookmarking—and best of all it's completely free.
What is TinyURL used for?
TinyURL is excellent if you need to send someone a link, but the URL you want them to go to is very long or confusing. By using TinyURL, you can create short links which are easier to read and pass on. For example, sending out an invite via email with the following link: http://www.website.com/details/23456789 would be much better as http://tinyurl.com/yjceb42 . This way, it is clear what website will open up when clicked and everyone can easily remember it too! Alternatively, things like your blog post URLs could be shortened so they don't take up so much space in Twitter messages or other social media.
URL shortening history
TinyURL was created back in 2002 and has been used by millions of people around the world since then. It's one of the first URL shorteners and continues to be a popular choice for many different reasons including:
It's easy to use and doesn't require any registration or complicated steps to shorten your URLs - just paste in the URL that you want shortened and TinyURL will change it into something that is much easier to share with others.
Click tracking - you can see how many times your link as been clicked upon, as well as where those clicks come from. This can be useful if you're trying to promote a particular page on your site blog, but don't know