Itty Bitty Site

TURN EN­TIRE WEBPAGES INTO URLS.

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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).

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