Shortened Barack Obama links to The Sun, Guardian

A quick visit totinyurl.com/Obama brings up the front page of British tabloid The Sun.

Sun from Obama

That web address is what Tinyurl.com calls a “custom alias.” It works great when I wan to tell someone where to find my Google profile: tinyurl.com/ksablan. That’s much easior to remember than www.google.com/s2/profiles/102516730109910018503, or a cryptic address that most URL-shortening services produce.

But you don’t have to be the new president to create a shortened address that contains “Barack” or “Obama.”

Cli.gs/Barack points to a November blog post on guardian.co.uk about efforts to trademark the then-president-elect’s name:

guardian.co.uk Barack articleAnd here are some other shortened URLs that contain the president’s name, along with the pages they point to.

Tinyurl.com/barack did not make the list because TinyURL.com terminated the address. TinyURL says the address was “used by its creator in violation of our terms of use.”

Thank you to longurl.org for expanding all of the shortened web addresses mentioned in this post.