Just noticed a feature on my WordPress.com blog that I’m not sure if it has been there before or not! The feature in question is the WordPress In-built URL Shortener…WP.ME
And no, I’m not talking about the URL shortening of the kind that WP does with blog surfer – the one where post links are given as http://ychittaranjan.wordpress.com/?p=2155, the number after p usually the Post Id.
The one I noticed was built into the edit post page wherein one can edit the permalink of an older post. There is a new button there that will generate a new shortlink for your post – one in the form of http://wp.me/p4bL-yL
Nifty, no? Here’s how you can do it too…
Login to your WordPress Dashboard and navigate to the Posts section.
Click on the edit link for an existing post
Once the edit post page opens up, notice the new button beside the Permalink editor
Click on the Get Shortlink button and voila! WP will give you your post’s shortlink
Copy this link and tweet away! After all, the most common place to use the shortlinks are on twitter
Few drawbacks though…at 20 characters long, the shortened URL is still not as short enough as something, say, is.gd or u.nu would have generated (18 and 16 characters, respectively). Secondly, it seems to work only for existing blog posts and clearly is not a service which can be used like a normal URL shortener. You know, copy-paste a really long URL and come up with a tiny one.
Anyways its still early days for it (I surely think so…if its been there for a while, please lemme know ) and the geniuses at Automattic will surely devise ways and means to spruce it up further.
P.S: Apologies if the how-to sounded rather rambling. Force of habit y’see…(from drawing up bug reports for dummies…err…developers since years)