Kevin Gilbertson

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Kevin Gilbertson is an American web developer best known as the creator of TinyURL launched in January 2002. TinyURL is a URL shortener, a web service that provides short aliases for redirection of long URLs.

According to Wired, Gilbertson had been riding unicycles since he was a kid, and created TinyURL to convert postings on unicycling newsgroups into Web pages (since fewer people know their way around newsgroups than the Web).[1] Google's AdSense links covered operating costs.

Gilbertson, known by friends as "Gilby," lives in Blaine, Minnesota, near Minneapolis. He learned about computers from his father, a software developer, with whom he also rides unicycles as part of the Twin Cities Unicycle Club.[2]

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  1. ^ Katie Dean (2004-03-16). "Honey, I Shrunk the URL". Wired magazine. 
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Tony (2008-07-08). "Tiny idea, big wheel". The Star Tribune.