Itty Bitty Site
TURN ENTIRE WEBPAGES INTO URLS.
Created by former Google designer Nicholas Jitkoff, the Itty Bitty Site offers an amazing example of the power of HTML compression and its practical applications. Using a compression technique known as the Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain algorithm, Itty Bitty Site turns roughly a printed page’s worth of information into a URL link, albeit a rather long one. This means that whoever has access to the link is able to open it in their browser without the need for the page contents to be hosted (and, thus, stored) on a server. In practical terms, that means you can use it to share information privately, via hyperlink or QR code for example, and the only person that will be able to view that particular page will be the person you send that very specific link to. Obviously, there are limitations to how much information you can squeeze into a URL, and apparently that’s around 2,000 bytes for most websites, but this can be used to lengthen out your Tweets, draw in ASCII, or even build a simple app (such as the calculator pictured).