In the twitter age there is no shortage of URL shortening services, look around you will find tons of URL shorteners. One of the reason for so many URL shorteners floating around is the low barriers of entry. But what happens when one of these URL shorteners will disappear one day, it will take all your links you created using the service. tr.im is a URL shortening service, I never used it but many folks used it and now it is shutting down its service. tr.im developer says â€œWe simply cannot find a way to justify continuing to work on it, or pay its network costs, which are not inconsequential. tr.im pushes (as I write this) a lot of redirects and URL creations per day, and this required significant development investment and server expansion to accommodate.â€
This is not a fault of tr.im is it, services will come and go there is no guarantee that they will be around forever, they tried it and it didnâ€
Short URLs also pose problems as they are used to send spam and malware on twitter and other services, now a days with out using a previewer to see where the links is leading it is not safe to open them unless the person who sent you the link is trustworthy.
Sadly there is no easy way to get your data out of tr.im and move it somewhere else, even if you do you need to replace all those links with new urls, which is cumbersome and wonâ€
As per the tr.im story goes hopefully some one will buy it or they will agree to put those URL redirects somewhere else otherwise all those links are dead. tr.im is not so popular so many of us may not care but still this concerns to users who used it from quite some time.