Friday, 13 March 2009

RE07.US Update: Expiring URL & Widgets

RE07.US continues to make me smile. Last night’s update added a couple neat things;

  • URLs now auto-expire after 5 minutes, yes, there’s also a timer.
  • Usage data; referer, user agent, etc is now being captured.
  • and finally, I’m testing out the RE07.US javascript widget for displaying the RE07.US link on your blog.

I’ve got some ideas on where this technology could be useful, if you do as well, leave a comment.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Introducing: RE07.US – The Greenest URL Shortener


According to a recent post by, a link in Twitter is clicked for 5 minutes, then completely ignored.

That got me thinking about all the wasted short urls out there. So many tinyurl,,, et al, links just collecting dust after all that initial clicking.

Seems so wasteful considering “the current economic climate”. Maybe, we don’t need all those URLs. Maybe we should tighten our belts and limit ourselves to 1 short url – and continually reuse it.

With that in mind, I built HTTP://RE07.US. It’s 1 short url that we can all share.

All long URLs get shortened to the same link: RE07.US. And, it will be shortened to that – until someone else shortens their long URL to RE07.US. And so on and so on.