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Many URL shorteners are slow and unreliable and make the web substantially slower

Written on March 18, 2010 by AllWeLike

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The dutch website monitoring company WatchMouse has analyzed 14 major URL shortening services with quite disheartening results. It turned out that only and had a perfect uptime record between 02/14/2010 and 03/16/2010, the other analyzed sites had minor uptime issues whiles and had uptime below 99%.

analyze that was performed during the same time period showed that most URL shorteners are very slow.  While most of the add half a second to the time it takes to open a link, Facebook’s own has been the slowest, only Google’s and are really fast and both average around 350 miliseconds.

As URL shorteners are getting more and more popular on social networs like this is becoming a big deal because they are making the considerably slower. WatchMouse launched a websites that monitors the performance, status and history of the 15 most popular URL shortening services, you can check it out here:

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