Were we really short of URL shortening services? Not as far as we know, however, not everyone including Google and Facebook 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 Twitter, 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.
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.
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 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 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]
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 twitter 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 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 twitter & facebook 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 WordPress 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.
Quite sometime back we had told you about several URL shortening services that made sharing links easier on social networking sites like Twitter.
However many of this URL shortening services requires users to visit their site in order to shorten the long URL’s. If you are looking for a tool to shorten the URL’s from the comfort of your desktop, ShortURL creator is a freeware and Portable Software that will definitely come in handy.
Once you have downloaded the software, unzip it and double-click it to shorten URLs, to choose from different URL shortening services, just click on the tiny icon in the right hand side.
Once you have chosen the service, click on Make Short URL to generate the short URL, ShortURL is portable so you can easily drop it to your flash drive and create short URLs from anywhere, definitely useful and a must download.
However the only problem with this software right now is that you cannot copy the URL directly and will have to type it manually, wish that the developer will address this problem soon.
ShortURL creator currently supports the following URL shortening services; The TinyURL, TinyArro.ws, Bit.ly, kissa.be, Is.gd, tr.im and Cort.as.
Download ShortURL Creator
For quite sometime we have been using a custom redirection service for tracking few of the outgoing links from the site, however this redirection service runs on a different server and it if goes down, all those links will stop working.
Using a URL Shortening service is also not feasible since it would not give us the stats we require for tracking the outgoing links.
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There have been a influx of URL shortening services over the past year, and not everyone is aware about each and every service out there, here is a a list of services you can use to shorten those really long URLs to a shorter one.
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