If you use SharePoint, you have probably seen the crazy, multi-line URLs that are created when you choose “Email Link” from a MOSS drop down menu. Our J6 is tired of them since they get truncated and/or chopped off in emails, due to security policies that require us to turn our emails to text. So for a couple of weeks now, I’ve been on a hunt for a way to substitute a horribly long URL with something short that can survive word wrap.
A company called Muhimbi says they have an answer! And it’s not very expensive, which is promising. Today I found their June announcement about MuSH, a new URL shortener for MS SharePoint.
So far, I haven’t found any other government folks who have used it, but I’ve twittered about it in the hopes of getting some feedback about its usefulness. Let me know if you hear anything!
p.s. Just because I’m looking for ways to improve SharePoint in my agency, please don’t assume that I’m a fan. Having been in the Air Force for 20 years, I know Microsoft has a great big hold on Uncle Sam. In the mid-90’s, I witnessed the move from computer choice (Win/Intel or Mac) to Win/Intel only. I still have the t-shirts we made in protest.) Anyway, knowing that SharePoint is bought and paid for convinces me that it’s here to stay, for a while at least. So if I can help to make it slightly better (less crappy?) I will.