If you are copy and pasting long URL links into documents, or for online moderation etc, then if you haven't looked at a shortening tool, you should. 

The standard for free usage has been is being phased out.  I am using Bitly and have found it to be a great tool.  Especially as you can modify and keep track of the shorteners you use.  If you want more info, have a look at the website or see me.

Bitly is free, but it does require you to register.