As you all know, bit.ly the blowfish just LOVES to shorten URLs. In fact, he’s so excited about shortening URLs, he’s decided to sponsor a URL shortening competition!
The rules are simple: use our API to do something interesting, useful, unique, or that enables others to more easily use the bit.ly API. Some examples of things you might want to build:
* A blog plugin
* A bookmarklet
* A Twitter bot
* An Outlook plugin
* Client Libraries for various languages (PHP, Ruby, Python, Lua, etc)- See JS api for an example: http://bit.ly/4c3Q8
* Amusing implementations for obscure platforms.
* Novel or 1337 uses of bit.ly to track, manage, or share content
Checkout http://bit.ly/goodies to see some of the things we’ve built and get more ideas
Every legitimate entry to the competition gets bit.ly shwag in the form of a pufferfish mascot and a bit.ly t-shirt. And for the best of the best (calculated using our entirely arbitrary “hey that’s cool” index), we have something even better.
One top prize: a netbook computer and a VIP Pass to the shorty awards
Two runner up prizes: a VIP pass to the shorty awards
Additionally, the most interesting/useful entry in a number of categories will be prominently displayed on our bit.ly tools page.
The contest runs from now until
January 28th [[ UPDATE: new deadline is 11:30pm EST on February 4 ]], and the submission process is dead simple. Just post a comment to this blog entry containing a succinct description, and a link to the code or project home page.
** Here are the API docs, btw: http://bit.ly/apidocs4 years ago