Sometime earlier this year, I started work on a little side project called shrtlnk. I hinted at it in a post on this blog, but I don’t think I released the url. You probably know about tinyurl, which gives you an easy way to send big long urls around to people in a way that they won’t be affected by line breaks in mail clients or generally be unsightly. It does this by generating a random short string and appending it to the end of the tinyurl domain. Where shrtlnk differs is that it has a memory. You get to name the links you save for later recall rather than one-time sending. If you create a user account, you get your own set of labels. That is, if somebody else labels something “bank,” it’s not going to prevent you from labelling something “bank.” If you’re not logged in, labels are allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. I’m not positive this is going to be terribly useful to anybody, but that’s why I’m announcing it to my three readers before trying to do anything like a broader deployment. If you try it and think it might be useful, let me know. If it’s useless, let me know that too. If you can think of ways it could be improved, let me know, but don’t hold your breath for instant changes to the site. I had planned to hold off release of this until I had developed a Firefox/Flock extension to make saving links a cinch, but it’s obvious to me that I’m not going to have time in the near future to take care of that. Anyway, try it out if you’re game, and no harm done if you’re not.

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