December 7, 2009
Web Shortcuts for Thomas.gov
As most of us are well aware of, the vast majority of links on Thomas.gov are not persistant. So the link you worked with just two months ago may very well be dead. The solution: tinyThom.as, an online tool for preserving the webpages served up by http://thomas.loc.gov. tinyThom.as generates full-size permanent URLs for THOMAS pages, and also generates short URLs which redirect to those long URLs in order to make them easy to pass around via Twitter, Email, Facebook, etc. Excellent tool for those of us working with Thomas on a regular basis. Check it out.
As an aside, the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting story on several web companies, including the Internet Archive, working together to preserve the abbreviated urls for historical purposes. See: Trying to Save the Web's Shortcuts, Project Seeks to Preserve Links Behind Services That Shrink Internet Addresses [RJ]