At some point I was wanting to say something about Linkpot.net – so now I shall. Linkpot is Ben Thorp’s simply ingenious, and ingeniously simple replacement for tinyurl. Both of these tools aim to make urls, especially long urls, easier to communicate. However, while tinyurl lends itself to being written down in small spaces, with it’s collection of random numbers and letters – for example, http://tinyurl.com/2f978h. Linkpot, is instead deigned to make it easier to say difficult urls, so instead of using numbers and letters, Linkpot instead uses words, creating urls such as, http://linkpot.net/camera/. Some of you might be wondering where exactly I come into this. Well, I created the website and graphics for Linkpot, and currently I’m working on some banners which will hopefully be released soon.
It’s been nice to see quite a few people using Linkpot, although that might just be because I find myself around Linkpot users. It was also nice to find this article about it on the O’Reilly GMT, with the Linkpot pot graphic I designed in Inkscape featuring there.
It’d be interesting to see whether in a year a lot more podcasts are using Linkpot rather than tinyurl – and whether it just generally catches on. Regardless of that, though – it’s a useful tool that people ought to be aware of.
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