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Cligs URL Shortener Closes
The developer behind the Cli.gs URL shortener service has announced that it will no longer accept requests as of today. Forwarding will continue at least to the end of November and an export option will be forthcoming. Cligs notes that they have tens of thousands of registered user accounts, and completes tens of millions of forwards a month.
While I’ve never used Cligs, it looks like a pretty powerful service. The service offered analytics, geotargeting, an API, custom URLs, social media mentions and was search engine friendly.
There are three reasons listed as to why the Cligs service is shutting down:
- Short URLs are a feature, and are definitely not a business on their own.
- More usage = more customer service demands
- It costs money to run Cli.gs even though the architecture is extremely efficient
There is also a note about adding premium features but that those paid features might conflight with what is offered today. Earlier this year Cli.gs was hacked which redirected over 2 million shortened URLs to a single domain.
While we are on the topic of URL shorteners, it should be an absolute requirement that a preview option is offered. I like how TinyURL allows me to preview the actual URL from the shortened URL. It’s a shame that NY-based Twitter-defauly Bit.ly does not offer the same function. I understand that they are doing some sort of verification behind the scenes and there is a hack that allows for previewing, but just offer it as a standard option. And it’s not just Bit.ly, all URL shorteners should offer this as a standard practice.