SiliconFilter A New URL Shortener With Built-In Readability

Written by Frederic Lardinois on Apr 15, 2011

Readability, the service that reformats websites for distraction-free reading, just launched, a new URL shortener. Even though there are already plenty of choices out there for shortening long domain names, this new one is worth a look. Once your friends click on an link, they will either get a link to turn on the distraction-free mode above the regular website if they are on a desktop, or immediately see a Readability-enhanced view if they are using a mobile device.

Given that the extension will still show the full website with all its ads and distractions most of the time, I would think that most publishers will have no issue with this service (and Readability also has a program that compensates publishers,too).

Readability rdd.meOne major issue, though, is that doesn’t currently feature a bookmarklet or browser plugin that would make shortening links easy. The developers promise to at least offer a bookmarklet in the next few days, but for the time being, you have to either use the regular Readability extension first and then use the share button from within the Readability view to get the link, or head to and copy and paste the links there.

If you’re really serious about your social media metrics, you probably won’t like, as it doesn’t offer any of the statistics that and Co. offer.

For those who are already big users of the Readability extension, though, is definitely worth a look.