urlTea: The Dilemma

Chris has been pushing urlTea as an alternative URL shortening service; and with good reason:

  • It offers semantic shortened URLs
  • It has some nice APIs

However, I’m concerned about the most important aspect of urlTea shortened URLs: longevity.

Don’t get me wrong – I love what urlTea is trying to do, but I am forced to cast a skeptical eye on free services that don’t have revenue streams to support themselves. I’ve read through the information on the urlTea web site, and I’ve not seen anything addressing this issue.

Perhaps one of you has some information you can share on this topic?