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shorten is the Metamark IRC bot. It listens in on the channel and when it sees a long url written where it's likely to line break in "terminal IRC clients" it'll shorten the url. If there's an error fetching the url it will let the original poster know about it.
You can also /msg the bot an url to get it automagically shortened.
Places shorten usually joins:
shorten is of course using the API to shorten the URLs. Other people integrated shorten functionality into their own IRC and IM bots using the same API.