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Are there any URL shorteners or redirectors whose target links can be changed by its creator after it was made?

I'm asking because in some cases, I might want to change the target link of a shortened URL to a newer one (or if the old one went dead). It might be hard to edit where the links were posted. e.g. links in readme.txt files or manuals included with files available for download, or if one has posted the link in many different forums or message boards. It would be easier to just edit the target link.

I've tried many of the popular URL shorteners: bit.ly, goo.gl, is.gd, j.mp, tinyurl.com - among others, but they don't seem to be able to do this.

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Why do you need this? Wouldn't it be simpler just to create a new short link? –  ChrisF Jan 13 '11 at 9:58
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In some cases, it might be hard to edit where the links were posted, if you want to change the target link to a newer one (or if the old one went dead), like links in readme.txt files or manuals included with files available for download, or if you have posted the link in many different forums or message boards. It would be easier to just edit the target link. –  galacticninja Jan 13 '11 at 10:02
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@ChrisF - If you create a business card, put a QR code on it with a link ... that link can't be changed afterwards, period. –  ripper234 Feb 9 '12 at 7:07
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@ChrisF - not necessarily. Not every question must explain the ultimate motivation/s behind it - it's simply a question. –  ripper234 Feb 9 '12 at 10:10
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My reason for wanting to do this is site maintenance. I embed a Google Calendar (IFRAME) at several pages, and the URL is created using the Google Embeddable Calendar Helper. Having a short URL to that long mess is great, especially since I can change it at SnipURL and all my pages update. I only had some problems with SnipURL and its escaping of ampersands that Google already escapes in its Helper. –  Fuhrmanator May 15 '12 at 16:10
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Snip URL allow editing if you register.


Not Long claimed to be able to do this.

They had a comparison page (now defunct) and editing is one of the things they compared and highlighted as a benefit of their service. However, this aspect of the service appears to have been discontinued.

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don't most services that have a "create an account to see statistics" have that, too? –  danieldekay Jan 13 '11 at 21:52
    
SnipURL stores escaped ampersands, it seems. So, if your long URL already escapes them (for use in an IFRAME), you have to un-escape them. I encountered this problem using embedded Google Calendar IFRAMES. –  Fuhrmanator May 15 '12 at 16:13
    
It looks like Not Long doesn't allow it anymore, right? –  Magnetic_dud Sep 4 '13 at 8:50
    
SnipURL has deleted twice my snips in the past 2 years, and I never got an explanation. Definitely not sending unsolicited emails with them in it. I do have a standard reply to my students with a link to my home page, which has an embedded Google Calendar in it that's SnipURL'd... How that gets construed as spam by their automated system is a (confounding) mystery. –  Fuhrmanator Dec 19 '13 at 22:06
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Snipurl allows links to be re edited. This is a versatile site with many features, well worth a look. You can choose from several prefixes for your links.

The stats are basic, there are no graphs.

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tiny.cc does this, and unlike Snip URL, it let's you choose what the link is called.

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snipurl does allow you to choose a custom url. For example, you can name it snipurl.com/my-custom-url (assuming it's available) –  wisbucky Dec 9 '13 at 23:04
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