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Ugurcan

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Icon 3 posted May 31, 2009 05:34      Profile for Ugurcan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was reading some doc about mod_rewrite and this little idea came to my mind.

It is an (proof-of-concept) url shortener, with a very different way of usage. It works by adding 1sp.in after the hostname of the address. Here's a video of how it works http://vimeo.com/4866361

Do you think I should continue working on this one, since url shortening market is very saturated at the moment [Confused] .

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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 06:16      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Search engines were pretty saturated when Google came on the scene, they were just better (at least in the advertising stakes).

It looks like a pretty good way of shortening a link. Especially as you don't have to copy the link, go to another site and paste it.

Probably worth going further with it even if it's just to sell the patents to Google.

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Icon 11 posted May 31, 2009 07:38      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Keep developing that! That's amazing! [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 12:32      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very well done.
Keep developing it.
Be prepared for people to copy your idea, so you have to think about how to keep being better than the competition.
Figure out how this will make money.

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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 12:54      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very nice. Haven't seen anything that works in this way, or in a way this easy!
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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 14:05      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That is sweet. Nice and easy to do.
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Icon 14 posted May 31, 2009 15:13      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Nice! [Applause]
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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 15:17      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very nice, couldn't be easier. [Applause]

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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2009 21:17      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Very clever - and it would be trivial to make a bookmarklet to further the simplicity. [Big Grin] Great job! [Smile]

I suppose the only tricky bit is finding a way to monetize it, or at least to sell it, as you suggested.

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You have to document all conversations about your idea, and apply for a CopyRight, they offer more protection than a patent

You will need to find an Intellectual Property Attorney.

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Icon 14 posted June 02, 2009 03:59      Profile for Ugurcan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank you guys for the wonderful feedback. Actually I was about to give up the whole project, because no one seemed to be interested in it.

I'll keep developing the site and see what happens. What functionality should I add next?

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quote:
Originally posted by Ugurcan:
What functionality should I add next?

I don't like clicking on a link if I don't know where it's going to take me, so I'd say the ability to see the expanded url before actually clicking on it. A tooltip would be the ideal, but I presume that is impossible.

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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
I don't like clicking on a link if I don't know where it's going to take me, so I'd say the ability to see the expanded url before actually clicking on it. A tooltip would be the ideal, but I presume that is impossible.

http://preview.1sp.in/xxxxx? Or even http://p.1sp.in/xxxxx?
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That's really awesome.

And don't underestimate the usefullness. With mediums like Twitter with such a strict character limit, url shortening is a definite need.

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Originally posted by Ugurcan:
What functionality should I add next?

I hear people like the ability to save their shortened URLs and see how many times they've been clicked. If you decide to add user accounts to track that kind of stuff, please consider openid. I'm so tired of a bazillion accounts. I could kill a man with my password manager.

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Originally posted by TheMoMan:
You have to document all conversations about your idea, and apply for a CopyRight, they offer more protection than a patent

If you want to protect the method used, you would get a patent. If you want to protect the original expression of that method you would copyright the source code. (It's not really the same thing. A copyright would only protect the code he writes, leaving anyone else free to use the same techniques as long as they write their own code.)

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