On Sunday we reported that Vancouver’s Tr.im was getting out of the URL shortening business. Well… they’ve changed their minds and resurrected the service.
We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.
We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.
The folks behind tr.im still maintain that Twitter has stacked the URL shortening overwhelmingly in bit.ly’s favour and given them a monopoly position that cannot be challenged.
This is a basic reality of challenging monopolies. bit.ly has deep personal connections and agreements with Twitter that we simply cannot compete with. And it is our humble opinion that this type of favoritism will become an issue for all Twitter developers.