I was adding a link to a Google map into my iCal and noticed Google is encouraging me to share the the map URLs in email and IM.
But there’s a problem with the Google Maps URLs.
They’re +/- 155 characters.
Here’s the full URL:
This URL is neither short, nor easily memorable, nor easily guessable. Which means it’s a completely un-usable – and barely shareable URL. Plus, something tells me this breaks both email and Twitter’s box.
CampaignMonitor says we don’t even get to the geocode.
Even something like this is more share-able (in that it’s short).
For the exact same character count, we can make it more guessable and more memorable (therefore more usable).
Yes, this is the exact same complaint Dave Winer had 5 weeks ago in Solving the TinyUrl centralization problem. Hell, if I’m only 5 weeks behind Winer, I’m cool with that.
2 Replies to “A Proposal for Shorter Google Maps URLs”
Heck – it not only breaks the email and Twitter boxes, it breaks your blog box! =)
My proposal to piggyback on yours:
Rename current Google Maps URLs to lazyURLs.
I’ll sign that petition…
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