catchy.link Turn a long internet url into something that is easy to remember (and temporary, and renewable, and owned and modifiable only by you) [v2]
- Memorable URLs - The catchy.link emphasis is on making URLs more memorable, not necessarily shorter. For example, turning:
Other examples when memorable URLs are needed:
- Sharing quickly-created and memorable links with attendees in a voice conference, or a weekend conference
- When you need to post a URL on a sign: e.g. here is how NOT to do it:
- Temporary URLs - catchy.links are temporary, for a customizable period between 1 day and 1 year (although they can be extended without limit). This temporary default allows URLs to age out when they’re no longer relevant.
- Quick and Easy - No Account Creation and No Passwords - Enter the long url, the catchy url, and your email. No new accounts need to be created and no passwords are involved.
- Manageable URLs - The person who creates the catchy.link has full control to change where that link points to. For example, if the Roof Goats change the event for their Album Release Party, or have a new party for their next album, then the person who created the original catchy.link (and only that person) can change “catchy.link/RoofGoatsAlbumReleaseParty” to point to the new event.
- Renewable URLs - A catchy.link is temporary (for up to 1 year), but the person who created the link will be sent an email before it expires so they can choose to extend it again. (e.g. the Roof Goats, presumably, will not choose to extended their Release Party URL after the party has elapsed, the band has broken up, and their reunion tour is a distant hope).
- Everyone gets a Vanity Email Path - catchy.link has a special rule that any catchy.link beginning with an email address can only be managed by the person with that email address. For example, “email@example.com/whatever” can only be created by “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
To tell the truth, I’m not yet sure what this feature is for. I have the feeling it’s good for something. My hope is that Joe makes “email@example.com” point to whatever he prefers as his homepage on the internet (be it a twitter page, facebook page, github page, or whatever web site he created), so that when I receive an email from unknown firstname.lastname@example.org I can quickly look up what he’s about. Maybe Joe will start making “email@example.com/whatever” point somewhere. I’m not sure, really, how people will use Vanity Email Paths, and am eager to see what anyone comes up with.
- automatic - Your catchy.link will immediately redirect to the Long Url. This is the default, and usually best, choice.
- prompt - Your catchy.link will display a page showing the redirecting URL, and prompting user to click on it.
- prompt & email - Like “prompt”, but will also display your email as the person who made that link.
- embed - Your redirected page will be embedded so it appears to be at the catchy.link address. In other words, the Long Url does not appear in the browser’s address field and it appears to be your catchy.link address. This does not work for all web pages, so you should test this option before sharing the catchy.link with others.
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