A quick visit totinyurl.com/Obama brings up the front page of British tabloid The Sun.
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:
- bit.ly/barack goes to a November YouTube video of President-elect Obama’s Weekly Address.
- bit.ly/obama brings up an October blog post that examines an essay by Robert P. George entitled “Obama’s Abortion Extremism.”
- cli.gs/obama points to a December announcement on change.gov.
- doiop.com/obama brings you to a March speech from the barackobama.com web site.
- snipurl.com/obama points to page that is not found, but used to be part of the obamaforillinois.com site.
Thank you to longurl.org for expanding all of the shortened web addresses mentioned in this post.