I wish I could post about string theory :)
We are scoping the suggestions received on allyoucanupload.com. I'll post the results soon. But I just learned something about integers and strings. As someone on the business side of tech I have to say that it's awe-inspiring to see the technical complexity that is required to build simple and scalable things for users. This is a neat example, because it's not even that complicated.
As I took the snip url idea back to James Park - who runs the product development team, he told me that the way to create unique but short URLs is to use numbers *and* letters. That way you get lots of permutations within a small url.
Easy said James.
"Perfect", I said...but James was looking up at the ceiling then he turned to me and said, "but a letter is a string. And a string is a lot slower than an integer at scale - and we need things that work very fast at scale."
Not so easy. not so perfect. nothing ever is. and that's what's so damn fun about this business.
we're looking further into it. If anyone knows anything relevant - let me know and that might help us get to the answer faster. cheers.