I am very pleased to announce the 1.0 release of TinyUrlService.
TinyUrlService is a simple URL shortening service for Sakai and was initially created as a support project for Profile2 to allow sending shorter links in emails. For instance, you could turn a URL like this:
However, this will also be the final release of TinyUrlService in it’s current form. This is to make way for the renaming of this service to RandomisedUrlService and the creation of a more pluggable interface.
In the works is a ShortenedUrlService which will be able to be configured by an institution to use any one of a number of different URL shortening mechanisms. RandomisedUrlService will be one implementation, but many others could be created and used instead, even hooking into external URL shortening services like bit.ly.