First tr.im, then bit.ly

If after tr.im’s near shutdown you came over to bit.ly, happy they’d had funding and had Twitter’s approval and seemed rock-solid and had 100% uptime, think again.

Now bit.ly’s looking dodgy too, with a two hour outage earlier today.

Bitly outage

OK, it’s not a full outage or anything, but if people are relying on this thing for Twitter and other uses, and maybe this isn’t the worst thing in the world… but there are going to be times when you can’t wait two hours to generate a short URL — you need it NOW!

Is the answer really to host one of these things yourself?

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