What is is.gd?

is.gd is a free service for shortening web addresses and other URLs. This is useful in many circumstances e.g. when sending an address to a phone via SMS and character count is limited.

As an example you can turn:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=louth&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=33.219383,38.803711&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Louth,+United+Kingdom&z=14

into something much shorter like:

http://is.gd/kCe1qR

You can also pick a specific meaningful shortened address if you want to, such as:

http://is.gd/mytown

How to use is.gd

Type or paste the address you want to shorten into the big box on our homepage and push the "Shorten!" button. It's that simple.

If you want to pick a shortened URL instead of having us generate one for you, before pressing "Shorten!", click on "Further options/custom URL" and type your choice in the additional box that appears. Don't worry, it's not rocket science!

If you're having any problems or have other questions about how is.gd works, please check our Frequently Asked Questions list.

Uses for is.gd

Here are a few of the most common uses for is.gd: -

A few potential uses of is.gd are not allowed, for example use of our links in commercial email. Be sure to check our terms and conditions.