First of all, what does it meant to shorten a URL? Typically referred to as URL shortening, it’s a technique used to substantially shorten a URL. For example, the URL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening can be shortened to
Why would someone need to shorten a URL? There are many reasons but the most common reason is related to microblogging. Many microblogging services have character limits. Take for example Twitter, a service which has a 140 character limit. By shortening a URL, you can include the URL in a tweet.
How do you shorten a URL? It’s very simple to do and there are many URL shortening services available. Typically all you need to do is navigate to a URL shortening service on the Web, enter the original URL and the service generates a shortened version.
Now as I already mentioned, there are many URL shortening services available. Below is a list of some of the more popular services: