A brief history of the Internet address: From killer domains to URL shorteners


JUST LIKE A TWITTER USER nicely puts it, here is the brief history of the Internet addresses: Round 1: “cool” domains, site forwarding (.nu, jump.to); Round 2: domain hacks (del.icio.us); and Round 3: URL shorteners (tinyURL, bit.ly, goo.gl, fb.me).

Bit.ly recently announced bit.ly Pro for publishers and bloggers that will be able to use their own short domain names; Google introduced goo.gl as a feature for Google Toolbar and Feedburner; and Facebook released fb.me for its mobile interface.


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