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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Shortened URLs

In the world of Twitter and Instant messaging, where length of characters is a major restriction, shortening of web addresses URLs has become very popular. URL shortening is the technique that allows users to access a particular webpage using its equivalent shortened address instead of the actual web address. Not only does URL shortening make a URL much shorter, it also makes it easier to remember. 
Popular URL shortening websites are:

URL Shortening Means that instead of typing the original long URL in browser address bar, users now have to only type its shortened version. The browser will send an HTTP request to the shortened URL server, which will then send back an HTTP redirect message to the user, redirecting the user to the actual website. Since the initial outgoing HTTP request from the user is going to the URL shortening website and not the actual website that the user is trying to access. 
It means that such a technique can also be used to bypass the local firewall. 

Step 1
Open and shorten the websites URL which you want to access.

Step 2
Copy and paste the shortened URL into your browser.

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