A Reader’s Tiny Tech Tip

BY BOB FORREST

Recent issues of the JofA contain references to many Web sites that have additional information relative to points made in the articles. Many of these Web sites have extremely long addresses—as many as 70 or more characters.

I believe most readers are not going to want to sit and key in these long URLs. I would like to recommend a free site called TinyURL.com that could solve this problem.

You enter a long URL, and it returns a short, unique URL that is a direct substitute for the original. The format is always something like this: http://tinyurl.com/httg6 . (The last five characters are the variable.)

If you would run all the URLs for each upcoming JofA through TinyURL.com , and then include the shortened results in parentheses following the actual ones in the articles, I think more people might be inclined to follow up on these Web sites.

Bob Forrest, CPA
Tempe, Ariz.

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