Kevin Gilbertson is an American web developer best known as the creator of TinyURL launched in January 2002. TinyURL is a URL shortener , a web service that provides aliases for redirection of long URLs.

According to Wired , Gilbertson had been riding unicycles since he was a kid, and created TinyURL to convert postings to unicycling newsgroups into web pages. [1] Google’s Adsense links covered operating costs.

Gilbertson, known by friends as “Gilby,” lives in Blaine , Minnesota , near Minneapolis. He learned about computers from his father, a software developer, with whom he also rides unicycles as part of the Twin Cities Unicycle Club . [2]

External links

  • Kevin Gilbertson’s personal website


  1. Jump up^ Katie Dean (2004-03-16). “Honey, I Shrunk the URL” . Wired magazine .
  2. Jump up^ Gonzalez, Tony (2008-07-08). “Tiny idea, big wheel”. The Star Tribune.