Tag Archives: URL Shortener

Google Releases API For Goo.gl URL Shortener

Some good news for developers and coders who use Google’s URL shortening service and always wanted a Goo.gl API for their web applications.

Google has recently released an API for Goo.gl which allows users to integrate Google’s URL shortener in their web applications, blogs or websites. You can use simple HTTP methods to create, inspect, and manage goo.gl short URLs from desktop, mobile, or web application.

Google’s URL shortening service is one of the fastest URL shortners out there. The only near competitor of Goo.gl is Bit.ly, which also provides analytics for the shortened URL’s apart from providing their own API to developers. It looks like Google wants to level the playing field in the URL shortening market by allowing coders and developers the ability to integrate Goo.gl URL shortening service in their products and apps.

Getting Started With Goo.gl API

The getting started page at Google code lists all the step by step details for developers who want to use Goo.gl in their web properties. First, you will need to get your API key from the console page, which is required to identify your application and pass different arguments or parameters. Here is how the API page looks like:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the URL shortener API section and hit the “Activate” button. All done, you will be given a unique authentication URL as shown below:

After the authentication part is complete, you can head over to the Actions page and learn how to use Goo.gl URL shortener API and choose the different actions required by your application.

For development purposes, you can issue API calls without a developer key, but using a key will grant you much higher usage limits. The advantage of using Goo.gl API is that apart from shortening and expanding long URL’s within your application, you can also fetch history and analytics of the shortened URL’s. Common examples include auto shortening URL’s from a custom Twitter client, shortening the long link of your blog post – the possibilities are endless.

Do give Goo.gl API a try and let us know your ideas in the comments section. [via Google Code blog ]

Shareaholic – a Simple Way to Share Web Pages

shareaholic-iconThe name of this web browser addon tells you who it helps. If you are addicted to sharing cool links or awesome images in Twitter, Facebook or any other social web service, Shareaholic could help.

I tried it out, and it’s helped my sharing output already. Shareaholic supports sending content to over 100 different services.


It’s easy to install and use. Just point your web browser to the Shareaholic home page, and install the plugin. They support Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera, Flock and Songbird.

Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Internet Explorer 8 Safari Opera Flock Songbird Music Player

Once installed, you’ll be prompted to customize it, so that it shows only the services that you use. Clicking on he Shareaholic icon in your browser will bring up the sharing menu.


You might have noticed from the image above, that you can assign keyboard shortcut keys for each service. You can also use it to shorten long URLs. That’s really handy. I also like the simple posts it creates.


If you need more details, watch this video about Shareaholic.

If you have a sharing habit, Shareaholic is an addon you need to try. It’s a lot easier than going through a twelve step program to cure your addiction.

arrow-down-double-3Install the Shareaholic Addon/Extension

Note: We previously wrote about Shareaholic almost a year ago. You may also want to check out a similar addon called AddToAny.

WinDroplr for Easy Sharing of Images, Text, Links and Files

windroplr-iconI’ve got plenty of ways to share files online, but so far, I haven’t found an instant screen capture tool to share images online. While visiting WebDomination, I ran across a tool that may solve that problem.

Have you ever heard of Droplr, the Mac application for sharing Links, Images, Notes and Files? Now there’s a system tray app for Windows, called WinDroplr, that gives you some of the same features.

You can download the installation file at arrow-down-double-3WinDroplr.com, it’s about 700k in size, but requires .NET 4.0 Framework, if you are running WinXP.


Once installed, you’ll have a windroplr icon in your system tray. To use the program, click the systray icon once to show the floating drop zone in the bottom right corner of the display. Once it’s up, you can drag URLs, text and images from your web browser into the drop zone. Once the item is uploaded to droplr.com, you’ll get a brief notification above the systray. Click on the notification before it disappears to copy a short URL to the upload.

You can also use WinDroplr to share files and collections of files. Drag them from an explorer window onto the drop zone. If you’ve selected more than one file, it will create a zip archive before it uploads.

Another feature lets you take and upload screenshots by right clicking into the systray icon’s menu.


The short URLs generated by WinDroplr are some of the shortest around. Somehow it offers integration with your Twitter account, but I haven’t figured that out yet.

Below is a video showing WinDroplr being used.

WinDroplr Preview



Techie Buzz Verdict:

I love the ability to quickly share links, files, notes and images. The drop zone is a pleasure to use, and the built in screenshot tool is my favorite feature. I’ll be keeping this one around and I recommend it.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Goo.gl Is The Fastest URL Shortener

A few weeks ago, Google announced the public launch of their Goo.gl. Goo.gl can also be used to create QR codes which can be read by mobile phones. With the announcement Google had claimed that it is the fastest URL shortener on the market right now, even faster than Bit.ly, which eventually took a potshot at Google. So is Google’s claim really good?

Pingdom URL Shortener Comparison

Pingdom ran tests on multiple URL shortener’s including Goo.gl and Bit.ly. The results give a astounding victory to Goo.gl, which is in fact 3 times faster their Bit.ly.

As you can see from the chart above, Goo.gl beat Bit.ly and other URL shortener’s by miles. Goo.gl also had a 100% uptime, which was also achieved by Bit.ly.

So if you had been doubting about Google’s claim, this should quell all your doubts.

Bit.ly Takes Potshot At Google With Their QR Code Feature

Bit.ly the market leader in recently added a feature to their service where adding .qr to their links would generate a QR code for mobiles.

Bit.ly QR Code Google Potshot

A similar feature was made available earlier this week by Google’s for their Goo.gl URL Shortener. However, as TechCrunch noted, Bit.ly has taken a wild potshot with their QR codes feature by adding picture of a fish (which resembles Bit.ly) gobbling some balls which are of course related to Google.

So is Bit.ly heating it up here with their battle against the search giant? Only time will tell.

Also Read: How To Read QR Codes on Your PC

Create QR Codes With Goo.gl

Google just launched their for public along with providing stats and more on link clicks. However, it looks like Google’s URL Shortener also has a hidden feature where you can convert a URL to a QR code which can then be read by a mobile device.

QR codes have become quite a norm with newspapers, websites and magazines where people are asked to click a picture and read the QR code to perform certain actions. Now you will be able to do the same without having to worry about using software to create the codes.

To create a QR code with Goo.gl, just shorten the URL and add ".qr" to the end of it. For example http://goo.gl/InvA is the shortened URL for http://techie-buzz.com, adding .qr to the URL (http://goo.gl/InvA.qr) will display the QR code which you can then download and add to your webpage or application.


Go ahead, try this out. Scan the above QR code to see some nice things Winking smile

(Source: TechCrunch)

Google URL Shortener (goo.gl) Goes Public With Stats

Google launched its own URL shortener goo.gl last December and integrated it with several Google products like Feedburner and Google Toolbar. Today Google announced that they have now made Goo.gl URL shortener public allowing users to create short URLs and track stats for them.

Goo.gl URL Shortener

There are several URL shorteners like bit.ly and Twitter’s own t.co URL shortening service, however, Google claims that they are not competing with anyone and are doing this to focus on quality.

Over the past year, Goo.gl has almost near 100% uptime and has added spam and malware detection to the shortened URLs.

Goo.gl URL Click Statistics

Google’s new URL shortening interface can be accessed at goo.gl, where you can create short URLs and also track statistics for them. The shortening service also integrates with your account, so if you have shortened any URLs in the past through Feedburner or through the toolbar, you will be able to track the clicks.

Goo.gl URL Click Details

Goo.gl also provides users with click statistics such as which sites the URL was clicked from along with demographic, browser and platform information. Overall, the statistics is pretty detailed, making it a much better short URL tracking tool than the existing ones. However, all the Goo.gl click statistics is public, so anyone can check it as long as they know how to.

For more information on the announcement, visit the Google Social Blog.

Twitter’s t.co: A Take on Other URL Shortener

We have already seen Twitter shorten links in Direct messages. Now, it is expanding the same technology into status updates. This is one feature users have missed and complained about for too long and finally, Twitter is rolling it out as a feature for regular use.

This service has existed for direct messages which were shortened with twt.tl to prevent phishing and other forms of scams. This was achieved by blacklisting links from user generated reports and feedback. Now, the newly bought t.co domain will serve the feature to status updates.

The inclusion of this feature was hinted at, at the Chirp developer conference this year. This link shortening aims at improving the generated short links by keeping them meaningful and short at the same time. This would also help Twitter analyze the popularity of a link and roll out features based on it.

Not only this, the feature once integrated into the Twitter API will allow developers integrate newer tools and features into their applications and this will enhance the Twitter ecosystem as a whole. The developers will also have a more flexible choice on generating the shortened links.

The service is available for testing to selected Twitter employees only though; Twitter aims at making it available to the public soon. Once this feature is made available, I wonder what bit.ly will do to keep its charm.


YouTube’s Now Got Its Own Short URLs: YouTu.be

Flickr has a url shortener. Facebook has a url shortener. And so does Google. Who’s next? Welcome YouTube to the club, please.

When Keith reported a few days back about Facebook and Google launching their own url shorteners, he mentioned that none of the large online commodities would be pleased enough to hand over web analytical and traffic data to biggies like bit.ly – which is the prime url shortener for Twitter. He was no doubt, absolutely correct.

Today, YouTube has launched their own url shortener: YouTu.be

From now on, whenever you favorite a video or upload a clip and use the AutoShare feature on YouTube which many people already do Youtube will syndicate alerts on other social profiles of yours such as Twitter and Facebook with a shortened Youtube url along with the message. Earlier this was done with other url shorteners, but now, YouTube will directly know the source of traffic. No third party involved.

Unlike other url shorteners, the youtu.be service can’t be used for any other site except YouTube itself. Apart from using the automated method mentioned above, users can make short urls manually too.

To use youtu.be manually, simply take a URL like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdeioVndUhs and replace the"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=" with "http://youtu.be/" to get: http://youtu.be/FdeioVndUhs Plug that shorter URL into a browser, and you’ll see it redirects to that video. #

The new urls are already having a blast at Twitter. I guess now Bit.ly should be worried a little with everyone trying to make their own url shorteners.

 YouTube Url Shortener

Did Twitter CEO Just Take a Potshot at Goo.gl and Fb.me?


CEO Evan Williams just posted a photograph on his Twitter timeline with the tweet Miles w/bit.ly bear, the picture in question as you can see below, has Evan’s son along with a bear wearing a Bit.ly Tshirt.


Considering that Google’s URL shortening service Goo.gl and Facebook’s Fb.me were released today, this tweet (no matter how sincere a reference to Bit.ly might seem) could either be a direct potshot at both Google and , or a indication to Bit.ly that nothing has changed as far as the new launches are concerned.

What do you think is the real cause behind this tweet? Is is a Potshot or a assurance to Bit.ly by the Twitter CEO?

Goo.gl and Fb.me: New URL Shorteners from Google and Facebook

Were we really short of URL shortening services? Not as far as we know, however, not everyone including Google and would be pleased with having some interesting data being in the hands of services like Bit.ly.


Google has announced a new URL shortening service called Goo.gl, and Facebook have their secret URL shortening service fb.me under testing.

As TechCrunch says, Bit.ly is going to be Fu.kd by both Goo.gl and Fb.me, however, the saving grace for Bit.ly is that they are the default URL shortening service for , so they might have lesser competition in that area.

Using Goo.gl or Fb.me will definitely give both Google and Facebook a nice amount of data on who is sharing what, and who is clicking on what, to shove more personalized ads on your face.

By the way, Google Apps already had a URL shortening service for websites called Google Short Links.

Find the Real Destination Of a Shortened URL with Unhid

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.


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


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).

WordPress Gets A URL Shortening Service WP.me

users, you misery of choosing between a good URL shortening service is now over. The WordPress team has released a new shortening service in the form of WP.me, this will be used across all the current WordPress.com services.

WP.me Features

  • WP.me is the only two-letter .me domain in the world.
  • Every blog and post on WordPress.com has a WP.me URL now.
  • These are all exposed in the <head> using rel=shortlink.
  • It doesn’t work for any URL in the world, just WP.com-hosted ones.
  • The links are permanent, they will work as long as WordPress.com is around.
  • WP.me is spam-free, because we are constantly monitoring and removing spam from WP.com.

There are several more things why WP.me is better than the other URL shorteners out there, Matt the co-founder of WordPress can explain better.

WP.me – shorten your links [Official WordPress Blog]

Tr.Im Closes, Uhm Opens Back Again

There was a lot of hue over the announcement of tr.im the semi-popular URL shortening service to close down few days back, the major problems many saw with the closure was that, all the links that were shortened using tr.im would disappear forever, making hundreds of thousands if not millions of links go bust.

However one thing is for sure that the popularity of tr.im grew immensely after that announcement and they have now decided to resurrect the service and run it indefinitely.

We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.

We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.

One of the major causes of tr.im deciding to close down was because started giving preferential treatment to bit.ly another URL shortening service, which according to tr.im creates a monopoly.

Now it’s time to wait and watch which other URL shorteners decide to take the plunge to popularity.

Su.pr Opens Up To Public

Su.pr the URL shortening service created by the folks behind the social networking and sharing site StumbleUpon has finally gone public after a long period of closed beta testing.


Su.pr connects directly to your & account allowing you to tweet or update your Facebook status within their own interface, the good part about this is that it also allows you to schedule tweets or status messages to go out at a later time.


Once you have send out a tweet, su.pr will track and create detailed analytics for the post, in addition to promoting the link to SU users. You will also able to see the the number of views that you received from Stumble upon users, the number of retweets and so on.

In addition to that Su.pr also allows you to create Short URLs on your own domain and provides users with a plugin to integrate Su.pr into their blog and a handy bookmarklet to shorten URLs from anywhere.

Su.pr is definitely something you might want to use to get that extra traffic to your server, you don’t need to sign up to Su.pr if you are already a StumbleUpon user.

[via TechCrunch]