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URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a URL may be made substantially shorter in length.[1]

The technique is particularly useful with Twitter, whose messages are limited to 140 characters. At the beginning, the Twitter user had shorten the links by himself. Now, the Twitter service includes a shortener feature hosted at the t.co domain, which is supposed to protect users from harmful activity.[2]

Problems with URL shortener services


Using such service produce enormous volume of personal data while its protection is mostly not covered.

Web Analytics

URL shorteners act as the "Man in the Middle" and can significantly blur the web analytics as they hide the real referrers.

EC URL shortener

Available since December 2013 - deails @ https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europa-hub/help/url-shortener

The idea is to develop a specific url shortener for (ec).europa.eu urls based on open source.

The next thing to do then is to try integrate that url shortener into Tweetdeck for example.



Suggested about three years ago, by Thorsten Petrowski (and by Prabhat Agarwal in 2010) Comment (in 2007): "Not possible, DIGIT will not allow this..."

List public URL Shortener

Read also


  1. Wikipedia, URL shortening
  2. Twitter, t.co
  3. Slashdot.org, Libya takes hard line on link shortening domains, published on 7 October 2010
  4. Twitter, FAQs about t.co
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