TinyArrows allows users to create short, unique URLs. The site works much like other link shortening services. The user submits the link they would like to shorten and the site generates a shorter URL. TinyArrows, however, lets users customize their shortened link. The site gives the user a choice of domain names. The user can choose from a drop down box to select the first portion of their new URL, which includes the user of small wingding like icons. The user can enter specific text to create the second half and finish the shortened URL. The only catch is that the user’s chosen link details must be unique (if they are not, TinyArrows will ask them to add different text). The site also provides user with access to the Tiny Links bookmarket that creates a button to instantly generate shortened URLs while the user browses. Those who create an account can view URL stats or purchase the service for their private domain.Show more screenshots »
TinyArrows was created to give users a way to create customized shortened URLs. The application uses Unicode as well as international domain names. Today, many users visit TinyArrows to generate their own fun, unique or original shortened URLs that include a personal choice of words and symbols.
The URL shortening concept is not hard to find online. Many websites already offer a basic service similar to TinyArrows. However some developers have tried to put their own spin on the service. In the case of TinyArrows, the user is given the opportunity to create their own shortened URL. Most other services simply generate their own random URL for the user to use. TinyArrows is unique in the options it gives to the user when selecting a fitting short URL for their link.
The TinyArrows website users a very modern, stylish design that borders on being “sleek.” The homepage features a grey background with matching buttons and silver menu borders. The shapely header appears in solid black with the TinyArrows logo in white and grey. The logo features the site name with an array of arrows pointing up and to the right. A wide blue banner just below the header gives the user access to the URL submission field. Just below it, the user can find the drop down box and text field to put together their customized shortened URL.
Visitors are not required to create a TinyArrows account however those who would like to utilize the stats features must register. This can be done by clicking the white “Sign up for Click Stats” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (inside the black header). The form on the following page asks for a username, email address and password. After clicking the grey and white “Register” button at the bottom, left corner of the form, the user is automatically logged in and taken back to the TinyArrows homepage.
The basic service provided by TinyArrows is free for all users. Visitors are not required to register to shorten a URL. Those who create an account are not required to purchase a subscription or pay a fee for monitoring click stats. However those who would like to use TinyArrows on their private domain must sign up for a yearly subscription service. This costs approximately $50 per year.
TinyArrows is interesting for anyone who needs to shorten a URL and would like to create their own shortened link. The site provides a simply but convenient service that gives the user more options to generate a short URL that meets their needs or preferences.