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Techie Tip of the Week: Using a URL-Shortening Service

Friday, April 27th, 2012

URL shorteners are free, online tools that create shorter versions of otherwise long, unwieldy addresses.

Some of the most commonly used URL shortening services are:

Many URL shortening services also allow you to create your own name for the shortened link. For example, one of the shortened links to this Techie Tip is http://bit.ly/techietip-on-url-shortening-services.

In addition, if you create an account with goo.gl or bit.ly, you can easily keep track of how many people click on the links from your tweets – these URL shorteners create metrics of the click-throughs.

Here, for example, is a screenshot of the statistics page for the shortened url that was just made for this Techie Tip:

Screen shot of statistics page from URL Shortening service bit.ly

Use URL shortening services to create links in email newsletters, on web pages, and in Twitter or Facebook posts to keep track of how often your links are clicked!