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Long day’s journey into bitly

…with apologies to Eugene O’Neill. For the past two years, I have checked in from time to time with bitly and added to my posts about what I found. What started as an amusing projection — how could the URL-shortening … Continue reading

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The bitly dea(r)th watch

This is my fifth post about bitly (bit.ly, bitly.com), the URL-shortening service, in the past 18 months. The first three, written in early July 2010, were focused on two simple questions: (1) how large was bitly’s pool of unique hash-string … Continue reading

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Maybe not “Soooo big!” But still counting on bitly

[This was originally posted on August 13, 2011, but had to be "reconstructed" following the crash of a MySQL server at my Web hosting service.] About this time last summer, I wrote three back-to-back posts about the URL-shortening service bit.ly, … Continue reading

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“Soooo big!” Counting on bit.ly, Part III

In the two previous posts on this topic, I calculated that, all other things being equal, the pool of 62^6 = 56,800,235,584 six-character strings from which bit.ly is currently assigning shortened URLs has a projected “exhaustion date” somewhere around the … Continue reading

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