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WP.me: URL Shortening Service From WordPress

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URL Shortening services are in vogue these days, however there are so many to choose from, which one should you use and which one should you not?

If you are a WordPress user, the dilemma ends here, WordPress now have their own URL shortening service in the form of WP.me, short and sweet right.

Highlights about WP.me

  • WP.me is the only two-letter .me domain in the world.
  • Every blog and post on WordPress.com has a WP.me URL now.
  • These are all exposed in the <head> using rel=shortlink.
  • It doesn’t work for any URL in the world, just WP.com-hosted ones.
  • The links are permanent, they will work as long as WordPress.com is around.
  • WP.me is spam-free, because we are constantly monitoring and removing spam from WP.com.

To learn more about this new URL Shortening service, check out this release post by Matt.

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  1. zaryl (1 comments.) says:

    what about self-hosted wordpress user? ;)

  2. dinu (5 comments.) says:

    this sounds cool !

  3. Viper007Bond (91 comments.) says:

    Your post is a bit confusing as you’re using the term “WordPress” instead of “WordPress.com”.

    • that girl again (41 comments.) says:

      That happens a lot these days. Inevitable consequence of giving the mainstream commercial offering the exact same name as the open-source software for geeks, I’m afraid… the sooner Automattic rebrand their site as wp.com, the better.

    • bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

      whats so confusing about it? he said “self-hosted”
      that means to click on a link to download wordpress blog software to your computer from the internet at a website called wordpress.org, upload it to the web hosting provider of your choice using an FTP program, and install it on the web hosting provide of your choice. Is that explanation not simple enough for you? or should we explain these terms to you more clearly? lol wordpress.com is different then “wordpress”. wordpress.com is a blog hosted by the wordpress team. Do you understand now? or do we have to explain that in simplier terms for you?

    • Keith Dsouza (82 comments.) says:

      @Viper007Bond as @Leland said in the comment below you will be able to use this service with custom WP install if you use WP stats plugin

  4. Leland (16 comments.) says:

    Matt said in the comments self-hosted WordPress users can use it too with the WordPress.com Stats plugin installed.

    Has anyone tried it yet with self-hosted WordPress?

  5. Sillydanemedia says:

    So it is completely useless?

    • bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

      well, its a URL shortening service, for those of us who don’t like typing in long URL names directly into the address bar :) or to make links for social bookmarking sites like facebook, twitter, etc etc. thats where this will probably be used most. It would be cool if someone came out with a plugin to make this process simplier. maybe someone will :)

      I’m still waiting to see social support in the wordpress core, rather it be optional support for facebook, twitter, etc directly using their respective API’s, or directly using OpenID. I think OpenID would be a better choice, because lets face it, nobody ever signs up for an account on a self-hosted wordpress blog. If I did that, I’d be signing up for wordpress blogs all day long 7 days a week :) so I think OpenID should be supported as an option in the wordpress core.

      • bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

        Besides, everyone I know has either a facebook, twitter, google, hotmail, or yahoo account, but nobody wants to sign up for yet another blog, even us admins and website owners don’t like to when we go surfing around, but since even my great grandmother has a facebook account now, that would be a nice feature to see in the wordpress core. Facebook and twitter seem to be the new craze for people to find old classmates and relatives they didn’t know they had. My family found a whole new side of our family dated back from WWII thanks to facebook, and because of that, my whole family have accounts on facebook now, even my great grandmother who doesn’t know what a computer is has a facebook account now. lol its like ebay…

  6. Trevor Carpenter (1 comments.) says:

    How about a plugin, for those of us hosting our own site?

  7. Hicham Maged (36 comments.) says:

    It seems interesting for global hosted WordPress users. Unique domain name though (wp.me) :D

  8. Dhamphy (3 comments.) says:

    Really cool.. @Trevor Carpenter I think that will come sooner than you think..



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