BurnURL offers short links with stats, social sharing

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Lee Mathews, Downloadsquad.com


There are plenty of URL truncation options on the net already, and you’ve likely already got a favorite option like Is.gd or Snipr. Does the relatively new BurnURL provide anything that really makes it a compelling alternative?

If you’re a social surfer, then the answer is yes. When you “burn” an address, the service creates your truncated address and provides a standard HTML link, embed code, and bbcode for you to copy and paste. A share bar is also displayed below so that you can quickly fire off your new link to services like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and Reddit.

When someone else visits your burned URL, a relatively subtle toolbar is added to the top of the page that allows them to re-share it and give the page a thumbs up or down. The total hit count is also displayed in the bar.

I’d like to see a few more features added – like the ability to update statuses directly from BurnURL’s site. If you want to post your link to Twitter, clicking the T icon currently opens your Twitter homepage in a new tab with the short URL pre-entered in the update field, which is a bit clunky. It’s an extra step that power users would prefer to avoid.

Since the service is still fairly new and there’s an API for developers to access, it likely won’t be long before apps like Power Twitter begin to offer inline support. When they do, BurnURL will become a more attractive option.


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