In January 2002, a URL shortener called "TinyURL" was created by an American web developer, Kevin Gilbertson. Many thanks to him, as trimming of links has been possible over the recent decades with newer and better evolutions coming up, such as bit.ly and goo.gl. Although these technologies are great, the time wasted in opening up a new tab to shorten a link in bit.ly, for example, is evitable with a recent project, titled "Cropppp" - one inspired by the first-ever to be made URL shortener.
What it does
Cropppp, as displayed in the wireframe made on Figma, is a small extension when once added to the Google Chrome Browser and is clicked on from the extension drop-down menu, shortens whatever link that was copied from the search box.
An instance is the shortening of the world's longest URL as an example in the wireframe which was shortened to croppp.ml/IDsUB
How it was built
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud of being able to come up with a grand idea like Cropppp and finish it up.
What we learned
We learned about:
1) the world's longest URL,
2) the different icons that are used in the Google Chrome Application and how to create them partially,
3) URL shorteners and their evolutions,
4) making a URL Shortener into a Chrome Extension,
5) implementing Firestore.
What's next for Cropppp
Definitely being implementable as an extension! It'd be an honour to see people using it in shortening links.
Also, sharing buttons would be available to social media platforms or emails. And, a technology that can predict what link title would suit the purpose. (For example, if a link involves sewing lessons and classes, Cropppp would shorten the link in such a way as to suit the sewing classes purpose - maybe, a croppp.ml/join-sewing URL would be generated).
Finally, a decorative advertisement for links to invite more viewers. Users would be able to subscribe, through payment, a way to advertise their links on the homepage of Cropppp and possibly other advertising websites and platforms to get more analytics.
Special thanks go to:
1) The Freepik team for creating both Freepik and Flaticon used in getting images and icons respectively for free.
2) Google for being a lifesaver in times of dire needs.
4) Tayeeb Hasan for being a great mentor.
5) Palash Bauri - URL Shortener Lesson
The extension is available here.
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