Short URL service, with tail end options
Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Oct 4, 2010

G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a short URL service in which one can add something to the tail end of the short URL and then the browser will go to not only the long URL but also to the tail end of it?

For example, suppose I have the long URLs:

http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/1.html
http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/2.html
http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/3.html
http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/4.html
http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/5.html
http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/6.html etc

...and I make http://www.one-two-three-four-five/six/ shorter using http://example.com/

...then I want to be able to type something like: http://example.com/1.html

...and then the browser will automatically visit the base URL and add the extra bit on by itself.

Do you know of such a system? I want to use this because I want an easy way to link directy to member pages on my local translators' association's web site -- the URLs are unique per person but they are very, very long URLs and tend to wrap when pasted in an e-mail. And I don't want to create tinyurls manually for each person.

Thanks
Samuel


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Samuel Oct 4, 2010

You may want to try http://urloid.com/ which allows adding your own keyword.

Also please check http://searchengineland.com/analysis-which-url-shortening-service-should-you-use-17204 - there is a long list of such services, maybe you will find something useful.

Natalia


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Natalie Oct 4, 2010

Natalie wrote:
You may want to try http://urloid.com/ which allows adding your own keyword.


Thanks, but I don't want something that allows me to customise a keyword when the short URL is created. I want something that will allow me to add text to a short URL so that the long URL gets that same text added to it.

For example, in the service that complies with my requirement (let's say tiny.com), I would create a short URL
http://tiny.com/prz
for the long URL
http://www.proz.com/translator/
so that anyone can type in
http://tiny.com/prz1429, or
http://tiny.com/prz/1429, or similar,
which would then go to
http://www.proz.com/translator/1429.




[Edited at 2010-10-04 13:21 GMT]


 

FarkasAndras
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Unlikely Oct 4, 2010

Samuel Murray wrote:

Natalie wrote:
You may want to try http://urloid.com/ which allows adding your own keyword.


Thanks, but I don't want something that allows me to customise a keyword when the short URL is created. I want something that will allow me to add text to a short URL so that the long URL gets that same text added to it.

For example, in the service that complies with my requirement (let's say tiny.com), I would create a short URL
http://tiny.com/prz
for the long URL
http://www.proz.com/translator/
so that anyone can type in
http://tiny.com/prz1429, or
http://tiny.com/prz/1429, or similar,
which would then go to
http://www.proz.com/translator/1429.




I'd be very surprised if anyone did this. It would require you to have an account of sorts at the url shortener people... and it would require that they reserve all URLs starting with your base keyword for you. That sort of stuff sounds like it would be a paid service if any provider bothered to do it... but they don't because people who want this level of URL customisation usually just buy their own domain and set up redirects from there.

I think the best you can do is register all the URLs at tinyurl.com one by one manually and hope none of your short URLs have been taken (it helps to get an obscure base keyword).


 

Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Solution available - but not for free Oct 4, 2010

Hi Samuel,
yes, there is a solution available, but it is not a free solution. Our programmer just created one. Please contact me for details.


 

TargamaT team  Identity Verified
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Google URL Shortner Oct 4, 2010

Just to inform you that starting October 1st Google is in this domain:

http://goo.gl/


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Farkas Oct 5, 2010

FarkasAndras wrote:
I'd be very surprised if anyone did this. It would require you to have an account of sorts at the url shortener people... and it would require that they reserve all URLs starting with your base keyword for you.


Not necessarily. For example, I've discovered that if you use goo.gl, then you can add #something to the end of it and goo.gl will go to the base URL and add #something to the end of that URL. Unfortunately the URLs that I want to reach don't have the # sign in them, but if you have URLs with an # sign in them, you could use that method.

I just created a goo.gl address for:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Translation
which is:
http://goo.gl/3LXN

Now type this into your browser:
http://goo.gl/3LXN#CAT
and goo.gl takes you to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Translation#CAT

So having a system that adds stuff to the end of the base URL isn't impossible and it doesn't require you to have an account with the people and it doesn't require them reserving any additional URLs for you.


 

Simone Linke  Identity Verified
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Webspace + php Oct 5, 2010

The only thing you'd need yourself is some sort of Webspace where you can upload your script, and then you'd write a little script (PHP or similar) that automatically creates the long URL. Of course, you'd also have to specify (in your script or in a separate file) which short URL refers to which long URL.

For example, you get yourself the domain "short.xy", upload your script there, and then send someone to the link "short.xy?id=5".

Now, your script will get the id (here: 5), look it up in the list with all URLs, and recognize that the long link for id 5 is something like "veryveryverylongURL.xy/translator-with-the-id5-and-an-even-loonger-URL" and it will automatically forward the user to this long link.

The user will not notice any of this but simply land where he is supposed to land without having to worry about the really long URL.

Do I make sense? (Probably not...icon_biggrin.gif)


P.S.: What Farkas means with the requirement to have an account is probably that you can't just randomly use any short URL you want. If you use TinyURL's service, your short URLs will start with "tinyurl" and not with "booya" or any arbitrary short URL.

[Edited at 2010-10-05 11:36 GMT]


 


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