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Why Twitter chose bit.ly?

Our earlier article on TOP 5 URL shortening services needs a revisit :) A lot has changed after Twitter made bit.ly as their default URL shortening service. TinyURL seems to have lost a significant market share. There is developing story of market consolidation, tr.im service being shut-down, we expect many such services to say good-bye. Bit.ly is the market leader now after Twitter made it as official URL shortening service.


So, why did Twitter chose bit.ly? Why not TinyURL or others? Why there is a default URL shortening on Twitter at all? Why not users have their own preference? Well, What happens to URLs of discontinued services? tr.im promises that the shortened URLs would continue to live up-to Dec, 2009. But what happens after that? Is there a way to make those URLs live longer time? These are some of the questions need to be answered. In Official tr.im blog, a lot of responses are appearing and some of them are really thought provoking. Have a look at it here

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Twitter directly from your Outlook Inbox

A good news for Twitter addicts who are mostly on Microsoft Outlook. There is a Twitter Client, TwInBox for Outlook that lets directly interact with your Twitter profile, update your Twitter status, see your friends’ updates and do much more! We have been using TwInBox for a while and been addicted to it. Having a Twitter client on Outlook is very advantageous :) as Outlook is a kind of a tool that remains open until shutdown your computer and having regular update from twitter lets you be in touch with the friends.


TwInBox is a perfect Twitter client for Outlook, whether you are a twitter newbie or an advanced user. It supports a lot of features to quench your Twitter thirst :)


Here is a list of features;

  • Update your Twitter status directly from Outlook.
  • Receive your friend updates in Outlook.
  • Archive, manage, group and search your tweets the
    same way you manage your email (details).
  • Search, track keywords. TwInbox will automatically download ALL tweets matching the keywords you specify, even if you are not following the tweet sender. This feature is perfect for keeping up to date with the Twitter buzz on your name, brand, interests, etc.
  • Group tweets by sender, topic, etc using the Search feature.
  • Upload and post picture files and Outlook email attachments.
  • See new tweets at a glance (details).
  • Assign custom folder and categories to new messages.
  • Use Outlook’s "Reply" and "ReplyAll" commands to send twitter direct messages and @replies.
  • Automatically sort new tweets into per-sender folders.
  • Shorten URLs with tinyurl.
  • See graphs of your Twitter usage statistics.
  • Tweets sent to you (@replies and direct) are marked with high importance, so you can see them at a glance.


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Top 5 URL Shortening Services Market Share

Micro-blogging services like Twitter have boosted URL shortening services. There are a number of them out there that will let you shorten an annoyingly lengthy URL. Well, Idea is catchy, simple and very helpful. But, Can you believe these simple services are worth millions?

As per TechCrunch, the most widely used URL Shortening service, TinyURL could as well be worth $46 Millions. Bit.ly is not far behind at $8 Millions.


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Here is the list of top 5 URL Shortening services along with the market share.

  1. tinyURL
  2. bit.ly
  3. ff.im
  4. is.gd
  5. twurl.nl

Source: TechCrunch

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