URL Shortening Service – Short.ie

Short URLs, Fully Tracked.

Okay, so a few months ago I wrote a post about how URL shortening services could be improved. I suggested adding new features like click tracking and semantic links.

Soon afterwards Dave and Gordon got in touch with me and said they were interested in helping out. They added to the idea and suggested integrating it with Firefox and running some content analysis on the different sites people were linking to so we could recommend new content they might like. And so with these new ideas, the project began.

Short.ie went live soon afterwards, and since then we’ve been adding new services to it, building out on the original idea. Since adding the custom URL feature (two weeks ago) we’ve seen over 500 URLs shortened through the service and over 2,500 clicks. So far, here’s what we’ve got:

  • Regular URL Shortening
  • Custom URL Shortening
  • Click Tracking
  • View All Shortened Links (per user)
  • Content Recommendations
  • An API
  • A Firefox Plugin

We’re also working on:

  • Connecting people who link to the same things
  • RSS feeds per registered user
  • Displaying popular links on the homepage
  • Displaying most influential users on the homepage (once we get avatars setup)
  • Improving the content recommendation engine

This is a project we’re working on in our spare time and to be honest we’ve got absolutely no business model for it. The truth is, it’s fun to work on and it’s something we believe in. There’s no advertising on the site and we cover the costs to host it ourselves. If you feel like helping out, we’d love it if you could help spread the word. We’ve got a lot of plans for Short.ie in the future, so if you haven’t already seen it. Go take a look.

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  1. Conor says:

    hey mr i

    lets meet and discuss a business model and other stuff

    hope ur doing well

    conr

    Nov 23, 2008
  2. Iarfhlaith says:

    Sounds great. I’ll mail you and we can set something up.

    Nov 24, 2008

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