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 http://bit.ly/urlwiki.

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:

TinyURL

URL shortener - tinyurl

Cligs

URL shortener - tinyurl

bit.ly

URL shortener - bit.ly

Tweetburner

URL shortener - tweetburner

is.gd

URL shortener - is.gd

Snipurl

URL shortener - snipurl

tr.im

URL shortener - tr.im