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How to Shorten a URL Within a Browser


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Matthew is here this week to show off a very cool Google Chrome extension which is built on the Bit.ly platform. It helps you quickly – and easily! – shorten any URL in a matter of seconds… without having to go to a different web page or tab.

  • Shorten, share and track links with bit.ly, right from your browser!
  • Preview metrics and page titles for bit.ly and bit.ly Pro links before you click them.
  • Receive instant notifications about your trending bit.ly links.
  • Shorten links on Twitter with a single click.
  • See a feature that’s missing? Request it

If you have trouble after installation, you should note that Chrome doesn’t allow execution of content scripts on pages that are already open. The team recommends restarting Chrome immediately after installing the extension.

If you are a Firefox or Internet Explorer user, you can check out the cross-browser sidebar.

Thanks, Matt, for an excellent screencast tip!

Bit.Ly Bundles Allows You To Share Multiple Links

The easier it is to share a link, the more likely you will be to do so. URL shorteners such as Bit.Ly have made it easy to share your favorite photos and stories on places such as Twitter, where your space is limited. However, there’s never really been an easy way to share multiple links at once – until now. Bit.ly Bundles can be easily shared with a bit.ly short link on your favorite sites like twitter and facebook.

bit.ly bundles are collections of links you can add, remove and rearrange. They will show you previews of link content in a bundle, so you can see site content before clicking through to the source. Once your bundle is created, you can customize it by adding annotations. Hover over a title or description to edit it inline. Rearrange the links until they are in an order you are happy with, and then share the entire collection on Facebook or Twitter by posting just one small bit.ly URL.

It doesn’t get any easier than this.

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Why Should You Use the URL Shortner from Google?


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Marques has created a screencast to show all of you how to make use of the newly (publicly) released Google URL shortener. Short URLs are almost a must-have these days since much of our content is shared on Twitter.

Google is aiming attempting to make their service even easier than that of Bit.ly while still bringing you many of the same features. In your Google screen, you can go back and see all of the URLs you shortened in the past as well as filtering those by hour, day, week and month. You can even see the dates these were done and how often they were clicked on.

There’s also a chronological graph of how many clicks you received at different times of the day. You’ll also be able to take a look at where people live who click your links, what browser they are using and what operating system or platoform they click from.

If you have a “target audience,” you’ll be able to make sure that your content is reaching the people you want to see it based upon who is clicking – and when.

Thanks, Marques, for another excellent screencast.

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Twitter Expanding Short URLs – Accessible via Search

If you are in the business of making connections on Twitter, you should be regularly monitoring yourself via keyword searches. I keep close track of what is showing up on Twitter with keywords such as Pirillo, Lockergnome and even Gnomedex so that I know whether or not I need to tweak the way I am sending out information. After all, if word about what we’re up to isn’t getting out on the Web then there isn’t much reason to be doing anything at all.

I came across something very cool and important a few moments ago purely by accident. I did a routine Twitter search of the word Pirillo. What I saw made me blink and check again to be sure I had seen correctly the first time: Over three-quarters of the results didn’t have my name anywhere in the tweet. Instead, there were shortened links in the tweets… such as those from bit.ly and ping.fm. Those links went straight to one or another of my sites, such as geeks.pirillo.com or lockergnome.com.

This is important to note for all of us. Twitter is apparently very quietly resolving links in the background to grab the keywords and turn them into searchable results. For anyone who posts a lot of content, this is huge news. The writers on Lockergnome work hard to write solid content. A simple tweet or retweet no longer even has to have the word Lockergnome in it to have it show up in subsequent searches.

The possibilities for this are endless. I know that sometimes a person may stumble across a link of mine on Twitter that they found helpful. They may decide to do a search of my name to see what else they can learn from. Not only will they find tweets that actually have my name in them… they’re going to find every tweet containing a short url linking back to one of my sites.

Twitter expanding short URLs to be accessible via a simple search could potentially lead to highly increased traffic on our websites. How can that not be a good thing?