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URL shorteners.

URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page. This is achieved by using a redirect on a domain name that is short, which links to the web page that has a long URL. For example, the URL “http://example.com/about/index.html” can be shortened to “https://goo.gl/aO3Ssc”. This is especially convenient for messaging technologies that limit the number of characters that may be used in a message, such as SMS, and for reducing the amount of typing required if the reader is copying a URL from a print source.

URL shortening services.

bit.ly: Bitly is a link management platform. The company Bitly, Inc. was established in 2008. It is privately held and based in New York City. Bitly shortens 600 million links per month, for use in social networking, SMS, and email. Bitly makes money by charging for access to aggregate data created as a result of many people using the shortened URLs.

Advantages:

  • Manage your all links in your account.
  • Customize short URL.
  • Get number of clicks on link.
  • Number of clicks on link with location.

Disadvantages:

  • Without login can’t customize short URL.

goo.gl: Google’s URL shortener is sleek, simple and efficient. But that is to be expected from the internet’s powerhouse. Login with your Google account to get a rundown of all your previous shortened URLs along with a nice selection of statistics for that particular URL. View total clicks, referrers, countries and platforms.

Not all URL shorteners offer statistics, so it’s good to take advantage. If you are not signed in when using Goo.gl, you will be given the same shortened URL as someone before if you are both trying to shorten the same URL. This then doesn’t give you access to personal statistics for your URLs.

If you are a fan of QR code, you’re in luck. Goo.gl also gives a QR code for each of your shortened URLs.

Advantages:

  • Get total clicks, referrers, countries and platforms.
  • Number of clicks on link with location.
  • Manage all links in your account.
  • G-Mail account can be used, no need to create new account.
  • Gives preview of webpage while shortening.

Disadvantages:

  • Without login can’t use service.
  • Can’t customize short URL.

tinyurl.com: Tinyurl are one of the oldest players on the market, which is easily identifiable by their website, but don’t let that discourage you.

Tiny URL has a great feature of adding your own custom alias to make your shortened URL more personal.

Advantages:

  • Customize short URL.
  • View the original URL before you proceed.

Disadvantages:

  • Can’t create account to manage short URL.

 

 

 

 

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