Zero Width Shortener

Shorten URLs with invisible spaces

Zero Width Shortener (abbreviated as ZWS) is a URL shortener that shortens URLs using spaces that have zero width, making them invisible to humans.

Characters

We've done a bit of research on what characters work on different platforms

Character

In use

Twitter

iMessage*

Discord

Slack

Telegram

Notes

U+200B

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Used in URLs since initial release, blacklisted space character on Twitter

U+200D

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Discord prompts you with a "spoopy URL" popup when clicked

U+200C

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Blacklisted space on Twitter, discontinued (previously used, replaced with U+200D)

U+180E

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Visible on iOS, discontinued in b39897e (previously used, replaced with U+200C)

U+061C

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  • iMessage note: Tested on latest beta of iOS