Sayabit.com is an online URL shortener and file storage site. The site allows users to shorten long URLs for posting on Twitter and other social networking sites. In addition, registered users can store files, images, videos, etc. on the site with convenient shortened URLs. These shortened URLs can be used to transfer files seamlessly using email, Twitter and instant messenger. Users can password protect important files and images. The site differs from other URL shortening sites in that it provides complete analytics concerning the shortened URLs and the files stored on the site. Users can see at a glance the historical performance of their links and files.
Users also have a personalized URL in the form of sayabit.com/username. The site allows users to sign in to their Twitter account and monitor conversations about their links and files. Users can also see their updates and direct messages from Twitter. The site offers a browser bookmarklet which can be used to directly shorten URLs from within the user's browser. In addition, the site's API is available for integration of the Sayabit features into other websites.
Cambridge, MA-based Sayabit is a subsidiary of Sayagle, the first location based social networking marketplace. Sayagle is in private beta and a launch is expected soon. Sayabit.com was launched in October 2009 and has undergone continuous growth since launch.
Competition to Sayabit.com comes from sites such as Bit.ly and Box.net. Bit.ly is simply a URL shortener, and is the default used by Twitter. Bit.ly also does not provide any analytics on the URLs it shortens. Box.net provides online file storage and sharing with personalized URLs. The Sayabit.com site is the only site to combine the two services.
The site is clean and uncluttered, and the user interface is quite intuitive. Users have a convenient My Explorer tab for viewing their stored files, and there is a tab for Twitter, where users can see their activity from the Twitter site. The site is quite responsive, and page loads and file transfers happen quickly. There is no advertising displayed on the Sayabit.com site.
Registration to the Sayabit.com site is free and is not required to use the URL shortener, but is required to use the file storage and sharing features. The registration process asks for username, password and email address. Validation of the email address is required.
The service is entirely free and there is no premium membership offered to the Sayabit.com site.
Sayabit.com is recommended to anyone who wishes to share files and enjoy the convenience of a shortened URL at the same time. The site offers unlimited file storage and is very easy to use. The analytics and integration with Twitter are also features not offered by other URL shortening or file sharing services.