Thanks to Twitter and the claustrophobic constraint of 140 characters, link shorteners have become a common part of sharing links on the web. There’s something oddly satisfying about scrunching up an unwieldy link down to just a handful of characters.
Today, we’re announcing the availability of yet another URL shortener with a convenient little twist: rdd.me:
It works like any other link-shortener except for one very important distinction: it bakes the power and convenience of Readability right into the link. If anyone opens an rdd.me link, they’ll see a reading view option up top that lets them turn on Readability. If they open the link on a mobile device, a lightweight mobile version of Readability kicks in to present the page in a clean reading view. Rdd.me is even smart enough to leave alone web pages that don’t need an optimized reading view.
We’re also excited to announce that one of our favorite curators, Maria Popova, the editor of Brain Pickings will be helping us spread the word about rdd.me. Through her popular @brainpicker Twitter account, Maria will be using rdd.me as the shortener of choice for all that great article content that she discovers and shares.
Rdd.me is free for anyone to use and share. A Readability account is not required. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and shorten…and read comfortably!