How To Make a tinyURL in a Tiny Moment

In order to transform a long and unwieldy url/website address (such as http://suddenlychristian.com/genius/ wonderful/extremelybrilliant adp p.x=300&tdork.y=75&nolife=%252b KZmeiIh6N%2 52bIgpXRP3bylMaN0 …) into the shorter tiny-urls (that look like this: http://tinyurl.com/6xy) that you often see people using in their Facebook and Twitter statuses (statisi?), all you have to do is this:

Cut/save the url you want to shorten;

go to www.tinyURL.com ;

paste your url into the box they make it obvious you’re supposed to;

hit the “make tinyURL!” button;

marvel at the succinctness of your tiny new url/web address!

Even better: You’ll see a bit down the tinyURL.com homepage a place where they make it extremely easy for you to drag a “TinyURL!” button onto your browser’s toolbar. Do that. Afterwards, whenever you have a url that you want to tiny up, all you have to do is bring up that page, hit your tinyURL button, and you’ll instantly be taken to the tinyURL homepage, where your new tinyURL will be waiting for you to cut and paste wherever you want. Couldn’t be easier!

The service is absolutely free (though of course they’d appreciate any donation you’d care to make), and utterly non-intrusive: you’ll never get an email or anything like that from the tinyURL people. I never have.

All right! Groovy like movie in juvey!

 

Join my growing-less-tiny-everyday Facebook group here.

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • http://florencefamilyfun.com Lisa

    Just make sure your URL service is reliable and keep a list on your own computer of what each shortened URL goes to in case your service goes out of business (it happened with one a few years ago).

    http://www.businessknowhow.com/internet/miniurl.h

  • http://fvthinker.blogspot.com Mike (FVThinker) Bur

    LOL!! John!!! Really?!?! You deleted my tinyurl?!?!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    mike: i'm real busy just now, but yeah. I can't send people to a url without telling them beforehand where they're going.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ok, I'm back. (I'm busy setting up my new blog (which I'll announce later; it'll be called John Shore Land, and be at johnshore.com)

    People: Mike's tiny url was to his own blog, which is very lovely, and to which you can get by clicking his name.

  • http://theblondephotographer.com the blonde photograp

    am i the only person who hates tinyurls?

    i mean, yes, long links are annoying and often "break" but "tinyurl"?? i think im more opposed to the sound of the actual word "tiny" + "url" (tie-knee-earl) than the idea itself, which, i guess, is great.

    hows that for a little daily neurosis? hahaha ;)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Oh, no: I, too, cringe at the whole "tiny" thing. (HEY! Let's take that kind of thinking over to my new Non-Religious blog!!) But, whaddaya gonna do? The normal massive url's are often too large to cram into a Facebook or Twitter status thing. Which makes the tinyurl's fantastically wonderful and generally mega-handy. You freak.

  • http://www.freshwind-ministries.org Yvette

    I used to say groovy, until my son told me that was outdated. I don´t say it anymore. I am supposed to say anything but groovy. (smile)

    I´ll be looking forward to your new website, and thanks for the tiny url info.

  • http://fvthinker.blogspot.com Mike (FVThinker) Burns

    Hey! Weren’t you going to limit this site to things religious?

    I have used tinyurl.com for many years. It is useful, as you say, to shorten (and make more reliable) links to unwieldy addresses. It also is useful (if you are so motivated) to hide the address of the linked site…and has the potential to be used maliciously.

  • http://www.cornerstone4sq.tv Kory

    Sweet!! I so needed this information for my FB pages and such. John you rock dude! Thanks for posting stuff like this.

  • http://www.myspace.com/whitenoisemetalpodcast Brian Shields

    Use http://bit.ly instead. It lets you tweet your shortenedurl immediately instead of having to copy and paste it into Twitter. Best of all, it keeps track of how many people actually clicked on your link so you know the ones that are generating traffic.

    We’re doing it now exclusively at @kron4news

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com skerrib

    This might have changed my life a little. Thank you.


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