Help me register a domain for URL shortening
September 1, 2012 1:26 PM Subscribe
How can I discover a short URL that is available to register?
posted by cjorgensen to computers & internet (13 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to register a domain that can be used as a URL shortening service (I want to roll my own). Obviously, the obvious ones and cool ones don't seem to be available.
I want 6 or less characters. I want a stable TLD, so no .ly domains (besides, they have cut off the short domains to non-Liberians).
I've spent the last hour or so entering in ideas and having them all be taken. Seriously, at this point I'll take a nonsense URL as long as it's short.
My biggest issue isn't coming up with ideas, but rather a search strategy. Every time I enter in an idea I get back, "We're sorry, jl.me is taken. Would you like to register reallylongurl.com?" I would like to get back suggestions on only short domains.
I'd take suggestions on open ones in memail. Or suggestions on how to find them here (my bigger concern).
Bonus if the domain can be registered at pairing.com. Double bonus if the domain doesn't cost more than your average domain. Triple bonus is I don't end contributing to global unrest by funding terrorists.