We have all been confronted with a long URL here or there. It’s not so bad if we can simply click on the link. What if you or someone else needs to copy down that URL by hand? What if you need to insert that URL into a paper or article? In those cases, a long URL is a pain. Fortunately, there is an answer.

You have surely seen addresses that began “tinyurl.com.” What you may not know is how easy it is for you to convert any URL into a shorter, or “tiny” URL.

Simply go to this address:

You will see a box which looks like this:

 Paste your long URL in the box and click the button that says, “Make TinyURL!” The next thing you will see is a screen with your “tiny URL” created. Is there a certain address you would like the tiny URL to be? Paste your long URL in the box and fill in the box below it with your choice. For example, you might choose your initials and the current date in the form MMDDYYYY. The site will either accept your preference or let you know the name is not available.

If for some reason you or those with whom you work are having to write URLs, Tiny URL can be a real time-saver. Check it out!