tr.im Url Shortening Service Closes Doors – Then re-opens

The popular URL shortening service tr.im is in the process to close it’s doors, after the company failed to find a buyer for the service.

“We regret that it came to this, but all of our efforts to avoid it failed,” the company wrote on its home page. “No business we approached wanted to purchase tr.im for even a minor amount.”

The tr.im service was one of many services (like su.pr, bit.ly, is.gd ow.ly and lots of others) that will convert a conventional long URL into a shorter alphanumeric string. This is extremely valuable expecially for extremely long URL’s and for people posting URL’s on twitter who face a 140 character limit in the messages they send.

Twitter is partly to blame on the closing down of tr.im. “There is no way for us to monetize URL shortening — users won’t pay for it — and we just can’t justify further development since Twitter has all but anointed bit.ly the market winner,” the company wrote.

Tr.im is no longer accepting new URLs although said it would continue to redirect links until at least the end of this year.

Update : URL shortening service Trim is reopening its doors, restoring service to both existing Trim links and the core of the site that lets users make new ones. A company blog post that details the change of plans says that the company will continue to run Trim “indefinitely” while a trustworthy buyer is sought out.

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