Twitter came out of nowhere and dominated the information space by constraining the canvas to 140 characters. The URL became the application trigger, the wormhole through which we could leap back into the existing macrocosm of blogs, software, and services. URL shorteners then, and now, are the mechanism by which we send data to and from the message bus.

Steve Gillmor mit einem ästheto-philosophischen Murmeln über Twitter, Kurzurls und Co.