curl -s http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=http://<website.url>/ | sed -n 's/.*\(http:\/\/tinyurl.com\/[a-z0-9][a-z0-9]*\).*/\1/p' | uniq

Creating shortened URLs from the command line

Sample Output
$ curl -s http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=http://www.commandlinefu.com/ | sed -n 's/.*\(http:\/\/tinyurl.com\/[a-z0-9][a-z0-9]*\).*/\1/p'
http://tinyurl.com/d52z2c

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By: amaymon
2009-08-30 07:55:48

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