Vancouver's URL Shorteners continue to make headlines

Posted by Rob Lewis

Vancouver's Tr.im has been all over the news over the last nine days. They were selling the URL shortener... then they weren't... and now they're going open source.

In the midst of all the controversy, Royal Pingdom decided to contact a test over the past 30 days to put nine URL shortening services through their paces. After all, you want more than just brevity in a URL shortener - speed and reliability are also important factors.

Well, it turns out that Tr.im isn't even the best URL shortener hailing from Vancouver. Pingdom tested two things: the average time it took each service to load a page (overhead) and its uptime. The fastest service was actually Is.gd (with an average load time of 163 milliseconds), followed by bit.ly (261 milliseconds) and in third was Vancouver's ow.ly (289 milliseconds).

Tr.im ended up being the third slowest and losing out to ow.ly for uptime as well. When both the reliability and speed rankings are combined, ow.ly and bit.ly tied for first place overall.

 

Company:
ow.ly
Website:
http://ow.ly
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Ow.ly is a URL shortener and sharing tool. The ow.ly toolbar allows users to instantly share or retweet links. HootSuite users can track the success of their ow.ly links. more

Company:
tr.im
Website:
http://www.tr.im
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

tr.im is an established URL shortening service that prepares great-looking short URLs for services like Twitter. If you send URLs out on Twitter, tr.im is not only the best name, it is one of the shortest. tr.im 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 tr.im you know exactly... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  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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