How To: Shorten URL for emailing links
Enter a plethora of web sites that “shorten” a given URL and present it in a friendlier format.
Tinyurl is one of the oldest and most popular of such services. They even provide a link that can be dragged to the browser tool bar for on the fly URL shortening services.
For instance: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHeroes-Season-2-Jack-Coleman%2Fdp%2FB001B7CNZ6%3Fpf%5Frd%5Fp%3D294635701%26pf%5Frd%5Fs%3Dright-5%26pf%5Frd%5Ft%3D101%26pf%5Frd%5Fi%3D507846%26pf%5Frd%5Fm%3DATVPDKIKX0DER%26pf%5Frd%5Fr%3D06WM4R0ZBZMYJDY834NZ&tag=ricktech-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
Thus the above link becomes: http://lnk.nu/amazon.com/n4m.html
While not every URL needs to be shortened, there are plenty that do. These two tools will certainly help in cases when it is needed. Email, IM’s, forum postings, etc would all benefit.