Short/Safe for People was basically a Portfolio project (http://evbpc.net/Portfolio/) after designing and building initially, I realized I should expand it much more than it originally was. It still serves, primarily, as a Portfolio project, but now it is also a very powerful piece of software.
In order to ensure that the short-url space is used effectively, a method to remove dead links should be put into effect. The method employed here is to mark a short-url as dead if it has not been used in thirty days. This means the short-url is forfeit and may be reused by another party. Should the short-url be hit before it can be reallocated, it will be reset and the thirty-day timer will restart.
Now the short-url space is a shared resource, and as such more methods to ensure that it is shared properly have been put into place. This means that the system is capable of determining if a URL already exists in the database or not. Should the URL already exist, then it will not be added a second time. Instead, the existing record will be used.
A third method for ensuring the shortest possible URL, is to evaluate what URL will end up shorter: the URL that was submitted, or the resulting short-url. If the URL that was submitted for shortening was shorter, then that URL should be used instead of the short-url. This is not a URL masking service, but a URL simplification service.
The only exception to this rule applies when an organization has purchased their own short-url space in the system. This is to allow an organization to standardize their links. It is not the job of S4P to judge an organizations links. This may be changed with a setting inside the organization control panel.
Some people inquire about what 'version' S4P is now at. Well S4P really doesn't have 'versions', but I suppose right now it would be 2.0a.
The S4P system is not currently maintaining public statistics of the information contained within it. There are plans in the works to add this feature to the system. Unfortunately with one developer who maintains a full-time job, it becomes increasingly difficult to add features as quickly as would be desired.
You may link to any S4P pages to share the S4P system. Typically you should
link to the main domain. This will send the user to the homepage.
It is against the terms of using S4P to share the logo outside the S4P website without the express permission of Elliott Brown Computer Solutions or Elliott Brown. It is also against the terms of using S4P to download the logo image without the express permission of Elliott Brown Computer Solutions or Elliott Brown. S4P provides several "powered-by" images you may link to in order to show your support. All image backgrounds are transparent.