Many people pass along URLs each day. This is generally a simple process, but can be a bit cumbersome when the user is dealing with long URLs. Multiple URLs can also become a bit inconvenient. That’s why applications like Fur.ly were created. Fur.ly gives users a way to make sending multiple URLs much easier. The user simply enters their URLs into the fields provided on the Fur.ly homepage. Two fields are present but more appear as the user enters URLs to make room for additional links. After submitting the URLs, the user is provided with a short and sweet Fur.ly URL that can be sent in place of the others. When the recipient receives the single URL, they are directed to the first website entered with a Fur.ly tool bar across the top of the page. The bar includes a drop down box that lets the user jump to the other URLs provided. The process is very well organized and simple enough for users of any computer skill level to understand quickly.
Fur.ly was created in 2009 by Khell.net. The application was originally intended to make sending URLs easier for both parties involved. Today, Fur.ly does that very well. Users can quickly add numerous URLs and send them in one condensed link. The application’s simplicity has made it an appealing choice for many users.
Fur.ly is appealing because of how it handles its main purpose. Users can quickly enter URLs and generate a short link that can be easily sent. Rather than simply condensing a single URL like other similar applications, Fur.ly literally combines them into one package. The recipient can easily access all URLs by clicking on them in the drop down box provided at the top of each page as they view them.
The Fur.ly website gives off an air of fun despites its utilitarian purpose. New visitors are greeted by the blue Fur.ly logo in a playful font, highlighted by orange and gray sun beams that emanate from the logo’s center. The homepage includes a few Google text ads, but these are positioned near the very bottom. There is plenty of open space so that the ads never seem to interfere with the user’s overall experience.
Visitors can use Fur.ly without an account. The site does not require any kind of registration process or information other than the URLs from the user. The visitor simply enters their desired URLs, generates the new short link and sends it along to whoever they want. The process is extremely simple. A registration requirement would only complicate things, anyway.
Fur.ly offers a very helpful service, but it is not something that can’t be done elsewhere. Users can create condensed URLs for free through many other web based applications. Although not all of them offer the multiple URL service like Fur.ly does, charging for this convenience would be a bit unreasonable. The application would require a few serious additions to justify any kind of subscription fee. There is no indication on the site that such a change is planned anytime soon. For now, anyone can enjoy the benefit of Fur.ly for free.
Fur.ly is a service that almost anyone can use at some point. Those who need to share multiple URLs can get the most benefit (because this is essentially the only service offered by Fur.ly). Whether users are sending URLs for fun, entertainment or business, Fur.ly works very well.