As Twitter thrives, so do the URL compressors

06/1/2009 | Forbes

URL compressors such as bit.ly and TinyURL have taken off along with Twitter and its 140-character limit. The services save space, but they risk enabling spammers to hide their unsavory links and leaving a trail of broken links if they fail, experts say. Of course, if brevity isn't your goal, you could instead translate your ugly links into the words of Charles Dickens via Dickensurl.com.

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