I've been tinkering with the idea of having my own URL Shortener for a while now but didn't really know how to go about it, or even know what domain I want.
Firstly, I need a domain, something relevant and snappy and I came across lota.co - as the .co top level domains were only released recently I was lucky to get my surname.
OK, I've got my domain, now what?
I've always used and loved bit.ly in the past and so I applied to become a bitly.pro member. I was hoping that this wouldn't take too long, well surprisingly it only took about a week.
Once approved by Bitly.pro it literally took about 10 minutes to set up, I had to change my domain A record to point to bit.ly (220.127.116.11) once that was done I had to configure my bitly.pro account to link to my new domain.
I was surprised at how it automatically worked even with twitterfeed and Tweetdeck as they were already configured with my bit.ly API key.
A simple enough process for anyone wanting their own URL Shortener.