URI is an acronym for Uniform Resource Identifier, more commonly and incorrectly called a URL. A URL is a part of a URI (see the example below).
You can read more at the URI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Identifier) shown.
A URI shortener is your tool to convert long links (such as https://genius.com/Sam-altman-lecture-1-how-to-start-a-startup-annotated) into shorter ones (such as http://uri.to/Sam). Shortened links are memorable, therefore far more useful, and more likely to be shared. Plus, they can save valuable characters when sending links via SMS, blog comments, chats and other messages that are limited by the number of characters.
Well, first, goo.gl is no more (See https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/30/google-shutting-down-goo-gl-url-shortening-service/) and we are sorry to lose them, but hey, we’ve stepped in to take up the slacks, so no worries. By the way, that link really needs shortening, don’t you think?/p>
And yes, our URI shortener works like those other ones but much better. In addition, we are adding new features all the time. We will soon be adding, URI.Stats (just good old statistics), “Dynamic Links” (allowing you to add parameters) and a UTM builder (https://www.launchdigitalmarketing.com/what-are-utm-codes/). So, you can not only make your URIs more friendly and shareable, but you can track clicks, analyze your “clickers”, and lots more.
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But one of our key USPs is that we provide “Dynamic Links”. See next….
A URI with parameters is a Dynamic Link. For example in this link: https://www.example.com/AAvQXkI?m=en-us the portion after the “?” is variable and therefore it can be changed dynamically. Thus the link could say https://a.msn.com/r/2/AAvQXkI?m=en-uk if you accessed it from the UK or from a computer configured for UK English. You don’t need a new link for every variation. Marketers and technologists use dynamic links to categorize traffic and to provide customized experiences especially using UTM parameters.
A more complex example of a long URI using these UTM parameters might look like this:
with variations such as:
Now imagine turning these into simple links!
Here, obviously “1” stands for display, “2” stands for amazon.com “5” for walmart.com and so on. However, you can also use these parameters in the uri. For instance, the examples above could respectively become
(https://www.example.com/ex?1236)These last examples are the best illustration of UltraShorts.
Read more here about UTM parameters and how to use them. (But, don’t forget to reserve your favorite short link before someone else gets it!).
URI.to allows you to pass these parameters when redirecting and this gives you more flexibility without having to pay for additional short links.
Just go the home page on http://uri.to or click Home above. In the upper input box enter the long URI that you want to shorten. We recommend copy-paste – it’s obviously quicker, but also avoids spelling mistakes.
To elaborate, URIs on uri.to are case sensitive. so uri.to/Me and uri.to/me are different items and can be redirected to different Long URIs. They may be also be owned by different accounts. They can alsoHowever, note that the URL portion of a URI is not case sensitive. Thus URI.to and uri.to are the same and, in a browser, both will always redirect to this site or through this site to your favorite URI!.