|Because the Internet can never have too many redirector services...|
The idea of URL redirection services on the Internet is nothing new. There are other similer services like smlnk.com and tinyurl.com. ln-s.net started as a project to take what these folks had done and optimize it in a fairly silly fashion.
By silly optimization, we referr specifically to the content of the URLs generated by ln-s.net. The most obvious optimization is in the name itself. "ln-s.net" has one fewer character than "smlnk.com". (For those who aren't familiar with Unix, the command "ln -s" is used to create a symbolic link on a file system.) Further, ln-s.net uses base-67 encoding of its URL indexes.
Why base 67, you ask? Because there are exactly 67 characters that meet the following criteria:
So what does all this mean? You'll always get a small URL that's as compact as possible while still complying with web standards that's easily selectable from common Unix terminals and a common Windows terminal (I'd have considered PuTTY also, but it won't even auto-select the "http:" in a basic http:// url).
We encourage you to use ln-s in automated scripts, bots, and so-on using our API.