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URL Shortening Application

Published 04/15/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Is.Gd offers users a new way to record their favorite websites. Rather than deal with a cumbersome, lengthy URL, Is.Gd offers a way to shorten the link to something more memorable and easier to pass on. The application shortens existing URLs to the least number of characters possible. The result is a link that is far easier to write down and memorize as well as something that is easy to pass on to others. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Is.Gd, which is pronounced “Is Good,” was intended as a way to make links easier to handle for the everyday internet browser. This serves a number of helpful purposes, which includes making long links clickable on limited blogs, forums, and email postings, to obscure your actual email address which can be picked up by bots and used for spam purposes, and as a way to clean up bookmarks. The concept is simple, and can assist users in maintaining their favorite links and protecting themselves from unwanted messages. was acquired by cloud hosting company Memset in April 2010.

What are the differences to other apps?

It is not often you find an application dedicated to shortening URLs. Although the concept may seem one dimensional, it can assist users in a number of ways. Aside from those listed, a shortened link can also help lower character count for texting websites using mobile phones. This application fills a unique, although specified, need for many different types of users.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

There is no download or complicated interface necessary to use Is.Gd. In fact, simply visiting the website is the only thing visitors need to do to access this web tool. The fun logo design sets the stage with bright yellow and red. The site also lacks unwanted advertisements and demanding graphics, which helps make the experience a positive one. Fun tips and tid bits of information are provided with each visit, and change out every time the page is refreshed. Overall, the combination of elements gives Is.Gd a lighthearted appeal. This also provides a hint that the site is intended more for the regular user rather than professionals and business people.

How does the registration process work?

The scope of Is.Gd abilities is rather limited. The site only really serves a single purpose: to shorten website links. That being said, there would be no real need for a user registration unless additional features or social aspects were added. At this time, Is.Gd requires no user account creation. By visiting the website and entering the necessary information, a visitor can get the desired result, no login necessary.

What does it cost to use the application?

No user account creation is required, and so no premium membership is available at this time. In reality, charging for this type of service might deter some users. After all, aside from shortening links for personal use, there is not much offered by Is.Gd. That doesn’t mean the application is not good at what it does or useful in any way. It is in fact quite useful, but not to the point of charging a fee for the service.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Friends and family members who love to post and pass links can get plenty of use out of Is.Gd. Anyone who has a blog or forum, or frequents them should consider bookmarking this online application. Is.Gd offers an easy way to make links accessible despite posting limitations. It is also advised as a way to hide personal email addresses from spammers when posting in a public web space.

  • Bookmarklet feature that offers an easy link to add to your browser’s favorites for fast access
  • An Is.Gd search bar available to most popular internet browsers that allow users to quickly shorten a URL by selecting Is.Gd as the search provider and entering the link
  • Handy Firefox plugin that allows users to add Is.Gd functionality to their browser
  • Access to the Shrinker application, a similar tool that allows Mac operating system users access to Is.Gd
  • A WebOS version of the application that was created by Erik Godard and allows users of Palm Pre and Pixi SmartPhones access to Is.Gd

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