List of Short URL Services

What to do when you need short URLs (concise Internet/Web addresses or URL forwarding) for Twitter or elsewhere? Either you use the proprietary

  • t.co shortener by Twitter itself
  • big Google’s URL shortener goo.gl
  • or bit.ly where .ly stands for Libya

in most cases. bit.ly also allows you to use bitly.com, j.mp or your own domain to shorten links.

There are lots of other URL shortening services. I tested multiple of them and found out some alternatives.

Short URLs which are

  • even shorter
  • easier to remember
  • make more sense fur human readers in the first place

Sadly over the years most of these services have been abused by spammers or hackers. Thus the list of recommended URL shorteners got shorter and shorter itself. Check out this list of short URL services. The first link is the homepage of the service, second is my example, I shortened this URL: http://seo2.0.onreact.com/top-10-fatal-url-design-mistakes


As you see some are shorter than bit.ly and goo.gl and one is more readable than t.co and goo.gl.

Feel free to add your favorite short URL to this list.

Also take note that there are some even better services offering statistics our there by now and best practice for business sites is to create your a short URL in your own domain using open source short URL scripts in PHP or the custom service by bit.ly.

Last updated: October 6th, 2011.