Reduces By 2 Characters, Can Now Support 3 Trillion URLs With Current 19 Chars

In this 140 character twitter world every single character counts. In order to solve this problem many URL shortening services have come up and today its a very crowded space. is one of such popular service and Twitter's default shortening service. has now launched which means a reduction of 2 characters. These 2 character can allow to support 3 trillion URL within current 19 characters. Here, we explain how we arrived to this 3 trillion number. when launched initially the URL would have been some thing like where X can be {a-z,A-Z,0-9} i,e 62 Urls using 15 chars and next it grew to i,e it can support 3844(62*62) Url using 16 chars. finally now they grew to i,e it can support 916 million with 19 chars, but still it can happen that soon they may have to increase by one more char. has good foresight and so they have reduced the 2 characters in base URL which can now support 3 trillion URLs using current 19 characters (http://jm.p/XXXXXXX).
They also have maintained compatibility between and so, both and take you to same URL. They can reduced the url further by trimming http://, but that may need support from Twitter where they have to identify even as url and hyperlink.

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