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Muhimbi MuSH – URL Shortener for SharePoint

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Muhimbi for shipping MuSH; their version of the URL shortener for SharePoint. As many of you know I have been working on and off on my open sourced version for sometime now and it is good to finally see someone else attempting to tackle the same problem I was attempting to solve (see

I had an opportunity to test MuSH recently and for the most part it fundamentally works the same way my version works. The installation process of MuSH was pretty straightforward; it is delivered as a SharePoint WSP solution that gets deployed to your farm.

To create a shortened URL, you navigate to a document library, find the item you want to shorten, click the drop-down and select Shorten URL. This process ultimately shortens the URL and you get an opportunity to copy the URL to the clipboard.

The major difference between Muhimbi’s version and mine is that their shortens the URL to the SharePoint list item itself not the document. Now of course the challenge here is that on some occasions you want it to link to the list item itself and sometimes you may want to link it DIRECTLY to the document itself. To me, the linking directly to a document is more important than linking to the SharePoint list items (in my environment / experience anyway).

I provided this feedback to the Muhimbi team and they are considering adding it to a future version of the product.

For those of you that can no longer wait for my version, you can pick up a copy of MuSH for $199.00.

With all this said and done, I really hope Microsoft considers adding a URL shortener directly into SharePoint 2010 – this is definitely one of those things I hear people complain the most about and (until now) nobody has solved yet.

In the coming weeks I’ll be picking up the development effort on my version of a URL Shortener for SharePoint; this other large project I am working on is coming to a close.


June 26, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint, Tools | , | 5 Comments

“TinyUrl” Like Feature for SharePoint

[Update – 9/2/2009]

I have released the first public version of my SharePoint URL Shortener. Please read the following blog posts for more information:


I am still planning on releasing an open sourced version of the “TinyUrl" Feature for SharePoint later this year. However, until then you can also keep your eye on MuSH, a URL shorter by Muhimbi. It is current priced at $199.00 and is in a closed beta – of which I am trying to get signed up for.

Muhimbi is looking for some beta testers for the product – if you interested, I would hit them up on Twitter at @Muhimbi.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint | | Leave a comment