URL Shortener Added to Google Places
Update: Google just officially announced the short URL on Maps (about 10 hours after my original post)
About a month ago Google announced a new URL shortcut, that was to link only to official company’s products – g.co. One of these products is Google Places and they managed to find the right place to use it – to shorten the very long and hard to use Place pages URLs.
The option shows up when one clicks on the chain-like hyperlink sign at the upper right corner of a Place page. They are given the option to get a “short URL”, which would be much easier to be used when sending emails, messages, or asking for help in the Google Places Help Forum.
The URL consists of the g.co domain name + /maps/ + 4 signs, which are the part unique for each URL. These signs could be either letters or numbers. As it seems this link is permanent. This short URL is in the same format for every country.
The overall number of combinations seems to be 36x36x36x36 = 1,679,616 which, at least to me, seems like a very small number. I was unable to find any URL with capital letters, so my calculations are based on what I noticed up to now.