Provided by: libwww-shorten-perl_3.02-2_all bug

NAME

       WWW::Shorten - Interface to URL shortening sites.

SYNOPSIS

         use WWW::Shorten 'Linkz';
         use WWW::Shorten 'MakeAShorterLink';
         use WWW::Shorten 'Metamark';
         use WWW::Shorten 'NotLong';
         use WWW::Shorten 'OneShortLink';
         use WWW::Shorten 'Shorl';
         use WWW::Shorten 'TinyClick';
         use WWW::Shorten 'TinyLink';
         use WWW::Shorten 'TinyURL';

         # Individual modules have have their
         # own syntactic variations.

         # See the documentation for the particular
         # module you intend to use for details, trips
         # and traps.

         $short_url = makeashorterlink($long_url);

         $long_url  = makealongerlink($short_url);

         # If you don't like the function names:
         use WWW::Shorten 'Metamark', ':short';
         $short_url = short_link( $long_url );
         $long_url = long_link( $short_url );

ABSTRACT

       A Perl interface to URL shortening sites. These sites maintain databases of long URLs,
       each of which has a unique identifier.

DESCRIPTION

       The function "makeashorterlink" will call the relevant web site passing it your long URL
       and will return the shorter version.

       The function "makealongerlink" does the reverse. "makealongerlink" will accept as an
       argument either the full shortened URL or just the identifier.

       If anything goes wrong, then either function will return "undef".

Subroutines

   import
       Called when the module is "use"d. Loads the correct sub-module

   EXPORT
       makeashorterlink, makealongerlink

       Or, if you specify ":short" on the import line, you instead get "short_link" and
       "long_link". If you explicitly want the default set, use ":default".

       Actually these functions are exported from the relevant subclass.

COMMAND LINE PROGRAM

       A very simple program called shorten is supplied in the distribution's bin folder. This
       program takes a URL and gives you a shortened version of it.

EXAMPLES and PROGRAMS

       Adam Kessel wrote shorlfilter, a program that uses "WWW::Shorten" to filter a file,
       converting long URLs to short ones.

           http://bostoncoop.net/adam/shorlfilter

       There is also a bin directory in this distribution which contains a sample program.

NO LONGER SUPPORTED

       The URL-shortening industry is pretty volatile. Many sites exist for a while and then go
       away. The most famous of those is probably Make A Shorter Link (the site that originally
       inspired this suite of modules). MASL has been acquired by TinyURL.com and no longer
       exists.

       Here is a list of sites that were once supported by this module and are no longer with us:

       MakeAShorterLink
       BabyURL
       EkDk
       qURL (although the differently capitalised Qurl.com now uses their old domain)
       ShortLink
       SmLnk
       URLjr
       V3

       See Joshua Schachter's blog entry at
       http://joshua.schachter.org/2009/04/on-url-shorteners.html
       <http://joshua.schachter.org/2009/04/on-url-shorteners.html> for some very interesting
       discussion on some problems that can be caused by the volatility of this part of the web
       industry.

RELATED MODULES

   Similar Aim
       WWW::MakeAShorterLink is what this module was originally based upon.  That module is
       obsoleted by WWW::Shorten::MakeAShorterLink, one of the many subclasses of WWW::Shorten.
       Of course, with the demise of Make A Shorter Link, neither the obsolete module nor it's
       replacement are of any use.

   Same Area, Different Purpose
       CGI::Shorten provides building blocks for you to create your own URL shortening service.
       It provides routines to shoretn a URL, lengthen one, and it keeps a store. Nice and easy.

THANKS

       Dave Cross for WWW::MakeAShorterLink

       Alex Page for the original LWP hacking on which Dave based his code.

       Simon Batistoni for giving the "makealongerlink" idea to Dave.

       Eric Hammond for writing the NotLong variant.

       Shashank Tripathi <shank@shank.com> for providing both SnipURL.com and advice on the
       module.

       Kevin Gilbertson (Gilby) supplied information on the TinyURL API.

       Matt Felsen (mattf) wanted shorter function names.

       Ask Bjoern Hansen for providing both Metamark.net and advice on the module.

       Martin Thurn for helping me notice a bug and for a suggestion regarding MASL.pm.

       Jon and William (jon and wjr at smlnk.com respectively) for providing SmLnk.com.

       P J Goodwin for providing the code for WWW::Shorten::OneShortLink.

       And especial thanks to all providers of these services.

BUGS, REQUESTS, COMMENTS

       Support for this module is supplied using the CPAN RT system via the web or email:

           http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=WWW-Shorten
           ( shorter URL: http://xrl.us/rfb )

           bug-www-shorten@rt.cpan.org

       This makes it much easier for me to track things and thus means your problem is less
       likely to be neglected.

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT

       WWW::Shorten::NotLong copyright (c) Eric Hammond <ehammond@thinksome.com>.

       Other modules copyright (c) Magnum Solutions Ltd., 2007. All rights reserved.

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.000 or, at your option, any later version of
       Perl 5 you may have available.

       The full text of the licences can be found in the Artistic and COPYING files included with
       this module, or in perlartistic and perlgpl as supplied with Perl 5.8.1 and later.

AUTHOR

       Original Iain Truskett <spoon@cpan.org>

       Based on WWW::MakeAShorterLink by Dave Cross <dave@mag-sol.com>

       In 2004 Dave Cross took over the maintenance of this distribution following the death of
       Iain Truskett.

SEE ALSO

       perl, CGI::Shorten.