URL-shortening service tr.im is resurrected

If Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, URL-shortening service tr.im happily did it in just two; reopening its Website and restoring its service on Tuesday.

Last Sunday, a goodbye message was posted in their Web site telling users that they have shut down because no.1 microblogging Web site Twitter “has all but sapped us of any last energy to double-down and develop tr.im further.”

They claimed that they were in a financial drain, finding it difficult to sustain network cost. Its parent company also failed in finding a buyer for the service.

Apparently, there’s still energy left on the URL-shortening service to make its parent company Numbu Networks decide to resurrect it. Today, they announced that they’re back in business although it long-term plans aren’t yet clear. A post on the tr.im blog now reads:

“We have restored tr.im, 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 tr.im alive… Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.”

Their blog however, still takes a bitter tone towards Twitter.

“Twitter has stacked the URL shortening business opportunity overwhelmingly in bit.ly’s favour, as twitter.com currently operates. This is not whining, as some have suggested, but a simple reality. If we post a link to this blog article by its title Twitter switches our tr.im URL to a bit.ly URL. bit.ly has a monopoly position that cannot be challenged with reasonable investment or innovation unless Twitter offers choice. This is a basic reality of challenging monopolies. bit.ly 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.”

Hmmmn, I wonder what Twitter has to say to all of these?

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/170039/url_shortening_service_trim_is_back_from_the_dead.html

URL shortener Tr.im’s life permanently cut

When Twittering gained fame in the Web, URL shorteners found a hot new business too. With just a 140-character limit, users who want to post lengthy addresses need the help of these shorteners.

But what happens when the no. 1 microbloggling service chooses just one? What happens to others?

Apparently, they close down. Or at least that’s what happened to Tr.im on Sunday after parent company Nambu Networks failed to find a buyer for the service. Tr.im offers “ quick, easy, full-featured URL shortening with integrated posting to social networks”.

In blog post from Nambu Networks, the company expressed their regret over the discontinued service of Tr.im but made no secret about their feelings towards their rival Bit.ly or to the social media site, which the latter uses as its default URL shortener.

“Twitter has all but sapped us of any last energy to double-down and develop tr.im further. What is the point? With bit.ly the Twitter default, and with us having no inside connection to Twitter, tr.im will lose over the the long-run no matter how good it may or may not be at this moment, or in the future,” the post read.

Tweets with Tri.im URLs will be affected though. In an announcement posted on their site, Tr.im has assured previous users of their service that “all tr.im links will continue to redirect, and will do so until at least December 31, 2009.”

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10306202-36.html

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