It seems I have a strange obsession with internet domain names, I now own 15 of them.  It all started with our smjbk.com family domain in 2009, primarily for custom email addresses and then a family website.  Over the next few years I added a couple more domains and blogs.

When the domain industry started to allow new domain extensions (in addition to traditional dot-com and dot-net) I started to think about clever domain names that would make great web sites and even registered vic.pics with the idea to make a website full of Victorian Pictures, and then pictures.melbourne for photos of the Victorian capital.

Somewhere along the line I also registered the domain you’re reading now (simonyeo.id.au) for my personal ramblings.

Recently I started paying attention to the short URLs companies where using to Tweet links without using too many characters.  There’s tinyurl.com, bit.ly, wp.me, tnw.to, bombe.rs, awe.sm, ow.ly and many more.  (I even laughed at ninemsn.com.au who use short.ninem.sn for their Twitter links – both URLs have 12 characters!)  When I came across a programme called YOURLS – a free URL shortener available to be installed on my web host (Crazy Domains) – I got the idea to register my own short URL domain.  I now also own sy.id.au

I probably wont use my personal URL shortener too often, but it was an interesting (and geeky) project to set up.  You can read a little more at sy.id.au/url and sy.id.au/url/short

Here’s a couple of my own short URL links I’ve created that link to earlier blog posts;

Screenshot of my short URL domain in an IE address bar above the WordPress Dashboard

My personal sy.id.au short URL domain