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Report: URL shorteners suck, Google's sucks the least

Download Squad readers haven't been shy about voicing their general distaste for the bazillion different short URL services out there. As if you needed another reason, a new report shows -- in USA Today style graphical goodness -- just how much they suck.

Over at WatchMouse, you'll find a rundown comparing 14 popular options including goo.gl, tr.im, bit.ly, and the other usual suspects. The bottom line: URL shorteners amplify the suckiness of your Internet experience. To be more specific, availability isn't always great (snurl and tr.im both fell below 99%) and delays are standard fare. We're talking sub-1 second mostly, except for Facebook's fb.me which can add two full seconds to load times. And dangit, I don't have high speed Internet so I can wait an extra two seconds.

Google fares the best, with goo.gl registering the shortest added time (at somewhere around 400ms) and 100% uptime. Not surprising, really, since they run their own DNS servers.

Tags: bit.ly, goo.gl, link, short, shortener, tr.im, truncator, url

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