A Tiny Trio

January 5, 2009

Because AxisPortals loves the small but mighty, today’s post highlights three free and convenient web services that should be in everyone’s collection of bookmarks.


TinyURL is a nifty little application that makes sharing web-based resources much easier.  Often, we wish to share a web page, an online article, or a blog post with others, but often the URL’s of these resources (their web addresses) are impossibly long, which means that if we try to cut and paste them into an email, they break, making it impossible for our recipients simply to click on them. Tinyurl to the rescue!  Just past that long and complicated URL into the little box, click the “Make TinyURL” button, and you automagically get a manageable URL that’s very easy to share.  Neato!  AxisPortals has been relying on this service for a long time, and can’t imagine how anyone ever gets along without it.  This is the polite, audience aware way to share a link.


TinySong makes sharing musical sentiments quick and simple.  If you want to say “You Send Me” to a loved one, just enter the name of the singer or the title of the song, select the version you’re after from the results list, and pass along the link.  The TinySong service is provided by Grooveshark, a free online music service that will definitely keep you and your computer in the groove.


TinyPic is a video and image sharing service that is particularly useful for quickly locating backgrounds and illustrations for blogs, social networking sites,  and webpages.  Fair warning:  not every image available on TinyPic is appropriate for the younger set, and the site does rely heavily on advertising.  Still, the service can’t be beat for speed and convenience.  For instance, it didn’t take long at all for AxisPortals to find both a snowy wood and a sunny stretch of beach.

AxisPortals Aphorism (Courtesy of Norman Lear):  Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.