The Internet is such an intriguing and magical world of codes and scripts and programs. Even now, I’m still amazed at how a string of letters and numbers can do pretty much anything in the cyber world.
The Internet is also a platform for different kinds of marketing strategies. If you have ever wished to build your own website in order to spread the word about your business but don’t want to spend time creating it (or money by hiring someone to do it), then itty.bitty is the tool for you.
Ex-Googler Builds a Web Tool for Creating Microsites
Former Google Designer Nicholas Jitkoff has recently developed a really nifty web tool that lets its users create a microsite that has their own URLs.
The tool, which is called itty.bitty, is found on itty.bitty.site and allows anyone to create independent microsites that have their own URLs. It comes with an area of approximately one printed 8.5X11-inch page where you can type plain text, draw ASCII character, or even make use of emojis to show your creativity.
The actual byte limit generally depends on where you’d like to share it: Twitter and also Slack allows for around 4,000 bytes, whereas the Mac version of Chrome can have a capacity up to 10,000 bytes.
Once you’ve created your own microsite, you can share its link through any social media platform, or you can opt to generate its QR code for offline sharing.
Itty.bitty Web Tool and How it Works
Basically, the itty. the bitty tool takes HTML, or any other data, and compresses it into a URL fragment. It also provides a link that can be shared. When this link is opened, it inflates that data on the receiver’s side.
In terms of composing the microsite, you can edit directly on itty.bitty with simple formatting. For those who want something more complex, they can choose to utilize HTML files or Codepen. All of these data types are then compressed using the Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain algorithm.
“Fragments” are sections of the URL that stores basically everything after the first “#” symbol. It is usually used to identify a portion of that. fragments have a unique property in that they are not sent to the server when requesting a website. The web browser traditionally uses them to scroll the page when it is loaded.
A word from its Creator
The compressed data is base64 encoded, which converts it into a group of letters and numbers that can be integrated into a URL, but it is still advised to avoid sharing any personal information.
According to its creator, Nicholas Jitkoff, “Scripting is enabled on these sites, which allows for greater flexibility, but it can also enable malicious use. It is strongly recommended to approach any content with caution.”
Jitkoff still doesn’t have a concrete idea of what people will do with his creation, which exists as an open-source project on Github, but he does recommend using it for self-contained poetry (which would circumvent Twitter’s limit on character) and as a clever alternative for domain redirecting, which would enable anyone to host larger-than-normal portions of text as self-contained URLs.