Tech Tip: Use a URL shortener to share long links
There are many instances when you would like to share a website link with someone else. You might come across something interesting, informative or entertaining but the original link may be long and not very presentable. While social media sites like Twitter and Facebook automatically shorten links you may want to manually shorten a link to include in an email for instance . There are many URL shorteners that you can choose from.
- Goo.gl – Google’s URL shortening service allows you to create short links with click analytics that are publicly available
- Bit.ly – Bit.ly allows you to create your shortened link and provides statistics about these links
- Ow.ly – Ow.ly is another URL shortener which you can use after verifying that you are human with a graphical captcha
With most of these URL shorteners you can access more features if you actually sign up for the service. This may include being able to track how many times your link has been clicked and other basic statistics.