shortText.com - Frequently asked questions

Q1) What is shortText.com?

Q2) How long will the shortText url remain active?

Q3) How do I make a post private?

Q4) Can I edit the information once posted?

Q5) How can I make my post unsearchable without using a passkey?

Q6) Is there a Firefox Addon to utilize this tool?

Q7) Is there a Google Chrome extension to utilize this tool?

Q8) Sounds like a neat idea but can't think of any reason to use it, can you give me scenarios where I can use shortText.com?

Q9) Why can't I post rich-text-format? Will you include this feature anytime soon?

Q10) HELP! I posted something confidential which I meant to be private. What can I do to remove it from the site?

Q1) What is shortText.com?

It is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. No sign ups, no sign in, just instant web presence for your information.

Q2) How long will my shortText url remain active?

Free urls will remain active as long as it is visited at least once in 6 months by anyone, after which we may purge the URL for others to use it.

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Q3) How do I make a post private?

Just click on the "Make it private" check box on the left bottom of the page before clicking on "Create url".

Q4) Can I edit the information once posted?

Editing the post is not possible without getting a custom url. Just create a new URL in case you made a mistake.

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Q5) How can I make my post unsearchable without using a passkey?

Check the "Make it private" option and leave the key blank before creating a url.

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Q6) Is there a Firefox Addon to utilize this tool?

Yes. http://shorttext.com/extension.aspx

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Q7) Is there a Google Chrome extension to utilize this tool?

Yes. http://shorttext.com/chrome.aspx

Q8) Sounds like a neat idea. Can you give me scenarios where I can use shortText.com?

  • To post more than 140 characters on Twitter.
  • Instant blogging.
  • Throwing a party? Post the details here and share the url with your friends (remember to make the post private).
  • Want to provide more information about yourself or your company in forums/email/visiting cards/banners? shortText it and put a link.
  • People always bug you for directions to your office or home? shortText it and just provide the link to whoever needs it (make it private).
  • Instant message has a size limit? Quickly shortText it and IM the url.
  • Emails getting filtered out at work? shortText the content of the email and just send the url.
  • Store hard-to-remember information online.
  • Publish code, research work, ideas, rants and raves; quickly.
  • shortText anything which you find yourself typing again and again.
  • shortText short lived webpage content which you would have to save locally otherwise. Find it later by searching for relevant keywords.
  • Don't have a website? Create your own shortText url to promote your product or provide promotion details.
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If you can think of other good uses email us and we will put it here

Q9) Why can't I post in a rich text format? Will you include this feature anytime soon?

This feature could be included sometime in the near future if there is demand but the primary focus and user interface will always be for simple text postings.


Q10) HELP! I posted something confidential which I meant to be private. What can I do to remove it from the site?

As of now there is no automated way to do this. The best thing to do is to contact us. Remember that it could be hours before your request is honored, so it's best to be very careful when posting any confidential information.

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