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CHAT Tiny URLs (was: NonVerbal Conlang?)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, June 29, 2006, 22:09
I've been wondering (idly...):
What is tiny url's system? I suppose they'll never run out of strings, but
if every tiny url is eternal, then it's amusing to think that years in the
future, even tiny urls will run to two lines :-))

And why don't sites with huge urls tiny-ize them to begin with, or as an

I've never tried this: if you ask for two tiny urls in a row, do you get
anything resembling consecutive strings?? E.g. the first one in Eldin's
batch was ..../ltr4o -- what would the next one be? ltr4p? lts4o, ltr5o?
etc. etc.

I suppose if you ask to tiny-url a site that someone else has already done,
you get that original tiny url, not a new one. Or do they assign a new one
just for you?

It rather resembles license-plate systems, which for a long time were just 3
letters + 3 digits; now there are other arrangements. (And way before, just
digits sufficed in most states)

Curious memories: My first two motorcycles (bought used in London) OFC 300,
and KRK 505. And my very own first car, bought in NYC 6Z-4365.


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>