How to use the URL Shortener

Over the last few days, you may have noticed all my shortened URLs show up as red.hottak.es. Maybe you got a good chuckle out of it, or maybe this has driven you wild with jealousy. If you’re in the 2nd camp, I have good news! If you have a twitter client that supports custom URL shorteners, you too can do this. I use a system called Yourls, which allows for this. That page should have everything you need to get started, but if it doesn’t you might try googling your specific client, and seeing if there are specific instructions. From there all you need is the custom API endpoint which is:

http://red.hottak.es/yourls-api.php?action=shorturl&format=simple&url=

This should be all you need to get started. Questions? Leave them in the comments section.

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