Tue, 27 Nov 07

Short, Human Friendly, Permalinks

I was recently asked for my Amazon wishlist. I wasn’t able to use email and was expected to write down the URL. I had a look and found that the URL (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/IO9HVNCPEWGD) wasn’t paper or speech friendly. Instead of attempting to convey this URL, I used the opportunity to create my own human friendly permalink for my wishlist (chrisroos.co.uk/amazonwishlist). I actually started with a hyphenated variant (amazon-wishlist) but realised that the non-hyphenated version would be easier for someone to understand in conversation.

This seems to tie in with what Dave Winer has been talking about recently.

I think this’d be quite a neat, and fairly easy, little webapp to build. It would need a simple interface for managing permalinks and the ability to work with multiple domains. Hmm, I’m tempted to give this a shot unless anyone knows of anything similar already out there?