Share URLs quickly with ShoutKey
URL shorteners (Bitly, TinyURL, Ow.ly, Goo.gl, etc.) make it easy to share long web page addresses. They usually generate a short URL with random letters that are hard to remember or speak out loud. Go to ShoutKey, paste a URL into a box, indicate how long want the link to be active (5 min. – 24 hrs.), and the site produces a random English word you can use in a short URL. For the example at right it would be http://shoutkey.com/were.
OR add two bookmarklets to your browser and it’s even easier:
- Create ShoutKey! – generates a five-minute ShoutKey for the page you’re on
- Open ShoutKey! – asks you to enter the word and then goes to the web address
If you’re in a classroom or at a meeting or where people are going to want to share several web addresses, then asking everyone to install the two bookmarklets could save a lot of time and hassle.
The biggest limitation I can see is spelling. Not everyone can spell very well and some people (or auto-correctors) would put “we’re” into the box for my example above.
A brand new ShoutKey app for iOS does roughly the same thing as the bookmarklets: (1) adds a “Create ShoutKey” option to Safari (you have to turn it on) and (2) lets you enter a ShoutKey in the app and open it in Safari.
ShoutKey also does things QR codes, but I did not explore that aspect of the service. ShoutKey is free service that was created several years ago by mobile app developer Chad Etzel.
Tip o’ the hat: Share URLs Quickly with ShoutKey (ProfHacker)