Useless or useful Internet tool? You decide.

Thanks to Lewis for this one.

Let’s say you have a URL you want to email someone, but it is really, really long, say, like this one for the Rex affiliate location of the book I’m reading now, Down the Great Unknown:

Now, here’s the trick:

Plug that long URL into the box you find at and they will provide you with a, you guessed it, shorter link:

I would give it a thumbs up if it didn’t take you briefly to their page when redirecting you, however a user (your recepient) can turn that annoyance off. Another place to do this is Don’t ask me what their business plan is. I have no idea.