Oslo, Norway (PRWEB) September 21, 2009
A problem on the Internet today is dead links or link rot. Studies has shown that 1 of 200 links disappears every week from the Web and 50% are gone after 10 years, large web sites like Wikipedia report that 10% of their external links are broken in some manner.
Svonk.com is a new kind of service that prevents dead links and link rot by acting as an intermediate storage for links; by typing svonk.com/ in front of a link it is archived at svonk.com and will always be available in its original form, even though the original link has changed or does not exist anymore. Also, Svonk includes a URL Shortener service, svk.bz, that has the added advantage over conventional URL Shortener services of archiving the shortened links.
Svonk is useful for everyone that publishes on the Web, whether on their blog or their content management system; Svonk ensures that external links will always be available as intended by the publisher. Svonk archives any kind of web resource; web pages, images, videos, and sounds etc. are stored. Users can browse the svonk.com archive and use the built-in time-machine to see archived links change over time. Developers can access most svonk.com features by using the Svonk RESTful API.
"Svonk is the first service of its kind, we call it a Stable Link Service; no other web service allows for archiving of links on demand in such an easy manner. We hope that everyone that publishes links on the Internet, on their blog, Twitter, on their web site, etc., will find the Svonk services useful. Also, we hope that Web site owners will find the Svonk web site archiving services useful as a permanent backup when changing content management system; by using Svonk they are sure that their old links are still available after their CMS upgrade or migration. In addition, developers should have no problem getting started using the svonk.com features with its RESTful API", says founder Inge Henriksen.
Most Svonk features are free to use, removing advertisements and archiving entire web sites are paid services, and otherwise Svonk uses web advertising as a source of revenue. Svonk is currently in an open beta stage. The beta period will be used to fine-tune Svonk to the needs of its users in terms of usability and scalability.
Svonk is owned by Meronymy; the company was founded by Inge Henriksen in 2005 and is based out of Oslo, Norway.