I am often copy/pasting links to Google searches – particully on Google Maps. Nearly every time I have to hand edit the URL – mainly as I KNOW a large proportion is redundant. Quite frankly a long url is scary, and others know it too.
Anyway so I created a little script for my own use to cut down the URL automatically:
It has a good understanding of Google Maps URLs, and reasonable for Google Web search, so it makes a fair attempt at deducing unneeded bits, however it also provides tickboxes to truely customise the result to your own taste
Example (a fairly mundane one)
will add support for other urls at some point, blogsearch, news etc.
Partly inspired by this