Find the Real Destination Of a Shortened URL with Unhid
By on November 24th, 2009

Shortened URLs became immensely popular with the popularity of micro blogging sites like Twitter, Facebook etc. Shortened URLs are fine but they do not reveal the real destination of a link. You may be redirected to a spam site or may be the shortened link starts a malicious script, when clicked.

If you want to know the real destination of a shortened link, Unhid will come in handy. Just paste the shortened link in the box provided and hit the Unhidbutton. It will reveal the original destination of the shortened link instantly.

For example: according to Unhid, this shortened link redirects to Techie-Buzz homepage.

reveal-destination-of-shortened-link

The browser bookmarklet: Unhid has a very useful browser bookmarklet to check the real destination of a shortened link. Just drag and drop the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar and use it whenever you want to check the destination of a shortened link.

When you activate the bookmarklet, Unhid will prevent loading any shortened link directly. It will show a warning message which looks like the following one

unhid-bookmarklet-warning

Press ok and you are taken to the Unhid homepage where you will learn the destination of the shortened link. Press cancel and you can load the link normally.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Unhid is cool and does a good job in revealing the destination of shortened links. But using the bookmarklet or the website is a bit time consuming. If they could come up with a browser extension that checks the destination of a shortened link in mouse hover property, it would be perfectly okay.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

Amit Banerjee has written and can be contacted at amit@techie-buzz.com.
 
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