is back to shortening URLs

by Rob Lewis

On Sunday we reported that Vancouver's was getting out of the URL shortening business. Well... they've changed their minds and resurrected the service.

We have restored, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep alive.

We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to’s future.

The folks behind still maintain that Twitter has stacked the URL shortening overwhelmingly in’s favour and given them a monopoly position that cannot be challenged.

This is a basic reality of challenging monopolies. has deep personal connections and agreements with Twitter that we simply cannot compete with. And it is our humble opinion that this type of favoritism will become an issue for all Twitter developers.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is an established URL shortening service that prepares great-looking short URLs for services like Twitter. If you send URLs out on Twitter, is not only the best name, it is one of the shortest. constantly collects and can then present cool graphical statistics on your URLs, such as how many times they were visited, from which locations, and referred by which websites. With... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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