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: John Chambers206 29 Jan 2010
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With the increasing popularity of microblogging ("Twitter"), messaging and other opportunities to share links, many IBMers are using URL shortening utilities provided by third-party vendors such as tinyurl.com and bit.ly.  These are not owned by IBM and if the terms of using their service are unfavorable, or if the URL expires, links from IBM (even in product documentation!) will fail.
IBM.com (or any ibm.<domain>) could provide an internal service to IBMers to register an external URL and receive an externally accessible shortened URL.  The terms of using this service and the expiry of such URLs would be controlled by IBM and not subject to the whim of third parties.
Example, instead of having to publish this URL:
http://www.ibm.com/eserver/support/fixes/fixcentral/swg/quickorder?apar=PM05857&productid=Lotus%20Web%20Content%20Management&brandid=2
...using this service, I could just publish this one instead:
http://ibm.ly/PM05857
...and ibm.ly's server could redirect the request to the correct URI.



1) Matt White9280 (29 Jan 2010)
A good idea, though the cynic in me says that instead of ibm.ly we'll end up with ibmsreallycoolshorturlservice.com as the domain name.
2) Paul Davies12381 (31 Jan 2010)
perhaps i.bm if that's possible
3) Kendra Bowker1566 (01 Feb 2010)
Hi John. Though this is an interesting idea, I think it's beyond the scope of the Lotus Technical Information team. Seems more of a general IBM request.
4) Gregg Eldred5345 (01 Feb 2010)
Nice idea as I use some of the existing services you mention. While I would applaud such a service from IBM, I see URL shortening getting better from outside of IBM. For that reason, I am demoting this idea.
5) Kendra Bowker1566 (11 Apr 2010)
Status changed to Rejected
6) James Carroll267 (27 Dec 2011)
FWIW, check out ibmURL! at:

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7) Kendra Bowker1566 (27 Dec 2011)
Thanks. This is interesting but is for internal use only, it seems.










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