Nigeria has made its own mark in the url shortening space with the launch of Yrn.me on February 4th, 2010.
Since Twitter limited web users to publishing not more than 140 characters, url shortening services have continued to populate the web space. So far, shorter is better.
The first url shortener was tinyurl.com and since then others such as bit.ly, is.gd, ow.ly, tr.im, South Africa’s (gatorurl.com), Google’s (goo.gl), Facebook’s (fb.me), StumbleUpon’s (su.pr), Youtube’s (youtu.be), Friendfeed’s (ff.im), Sturvs’ (go.sturvs.com) amongst others.
YRN.Me, a 5-lettered domain name better spoken as “Yarn Me” (Nigerian slang word for “tell me”) can shorten up to 2,000 characters length of web addresses to merely 20 characters just like bit.ly
The service also features a free API which allows web developers to remotely shorten long web address easily and efficiently without hassles. After submitting a URL to be shortened via the API, a HTTP response page will be returned containing the new URL or simply the error message.
Yrn.me’s founder, Ahmad Mukoshy describes his “next big thing” as a micro discussion platform that allows you to create discussion threads of topics of interest in fewer than 140 char and share with the world in the easiest way. (Updated)
For now, it’s still a work-in-progress.
With over 100 url shorteners around the world, I’m wondering if yrn.me will make any impact. Currently, bit.ly has the largest market share (54.69%), tinyurl.com (7.39%), ow.ly (4.38%) according to TweetMeme stats.
Perhaps if Yrn.me could be adopted by Nigerian web users and gradually by Nigerian companies on Twitter, we might soon start seeing a general shift from other url shorteners to this new service – at least.
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