Often we forget that although we want our URLs to be SEO friendly and contain information about the current page. Because of this URLs can become very long and cumbersome to the user and to other applications which allow a limited amount of text like Twitter. For example the URL to this article is http://resources.mdbitz.com/2010/03/creating-user-friendly-and-twitter-friendly-links-with-tinyurl, however using a tool like TinyURL we can create a short user friendly redirect that would look something like http://tinyurl.com/y9bs9k5
This shorter URL is easier to post on both web applications and through emails without worrying about the application truncating the link or breaking it up on multiple lines. To create a TinyURL you simply need to access their website at tinyurl.com/. Once there simply paste in your long URL into the input box and generate your shorter redirect link. Also if desired you could create a vanity link that can contain information on what is being linked to.