Desperately seeking: an API for TinyURL

Desperately seeking: an API for TinyURL

Summary: Dave Winer notes that everybody loves the way TinyURL takes long URLs and converts them into much shorter ones. It's an awesome service that I frequently use because of how often longer URLs get truncated by the automatic line-wrapping found in many emails and discussion forums; truncated to the point that they're unusable.

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Dave Winer notes that everybody loves the way TinyURL takes long URLs and converts them into much shorter ones. It's an awesome service that I frequently use because of how often longer URLs get truncated by the automatic line-wrapping found in many emails and discussion forums; truncated to the point that they're unusable.   Blech!  But TinyURL requires extra steps that could be eliminated.  Dave makes some suggestions and gives an example of how Google Maps could easily integrate shorter URLs into its user interface. 

Here's mine: Add an API to the service and let the growing contingent of mashup developers take over from there.  That way, the TinyURL capability becomes equally available to other API enabled services and there's no telling what sort of innovation will blossom out of some developers' heads.  And just because some service like TinyURL doesn't have an API (does it? I can't tell) doesn't mean that some smart mashup developer can't come along, screen-scrape the site, and strap an API onto it (technically referred to as a scrAPI).  Any takers?

Topic: Software Development

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  • TinyURL

    You mean like this:

    http://tinyurl.com/lybnk
    Robert Hahn
    • Integration into firefox is cool, but...

      how about just mashing tinyURL with Google Maps to produce the outcome that Dave talks about. Or with Flickr, yahoo Maps, virtual earth, etc, etc, etc.
      dberlind
  • Or maybe...

    ... developers should get their act together! Yes, email readers wrap URLs. But good ones detect the link, and wrap the URL text in a link tag. Antoher great example: the garbage software ZDNet uses for TalkBacks.

    This attitude of workaround and mashups to make up for shoddy, lazy, haphazard programmers is part of what is wrong with IT. Where I come from, the people who write this kind of junkware get fired, not congratulated while someone else writes software to work around the bugs in the first product.

    J.Ja
    Justin James
  • 2 APIs for TinyUTL

    http://tinyurl.com/api-create.php?url=http://www.google.com/

    does the trick, or you can always check out

    http://remysharp.com/2007/03/27/tinyurl-javascript-api/
    gymclothes