The online URL shortener tool Bit.do is very easy to use. You can use it by signing up or just by going to its homepage and copying and pasting the long link you would like to have shortened. If you sign up for an account, you can also have access to data on how your links are performing and who is using them from where. In addition, you can have your own personal domain that is related to your business. Many URL shorteners have you use their name, which is how they are able to advertise.
You can find a list of some other link shortners here: List of Link Shortners .
The home page has links down the lefthand side so users can see what links have been posted by others and what users have recently posted their own links. There is also a link to see how many clicks each of your links has had.
Whichever link you post first will be the default homepage link. You can change this any time by going to "Shorten a different URL."
Bit.do tracks bitly's metadata about clicks, but there is some disagreement as to whether this activity violates personal privacy or not.
On one hand, the extension gives you access to statistics on who is using your links, but on the other hand it is unknown who can access that data.
"What information gets sent back to Bit.do's servers? Bit.do anonymizes click activity reports by removing identifiable information before they are transmitted."
There is no specific statement about what happens to user URLs at this time. "Bitly will not release any personally identifying information about you... If we are required by law or receive a court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose your personal information, then we may bring an emergency motion in court if doing so would protect against disclosure of such information."
The link below provides more detailed interviews with Chris Hyams, head of PR for bit.ly/1iQ5kbM.
The link below provides more detailed interviews with Chris Hyams, head of PR for bit.ly/1iQ5kbM2015/03/the-privacy-concerns-behind-bitlys-new-urlshortener.html.
While on the homepage, there is a way to refresh and track what people are doing on your site by clicking "Clicks". There is also a tab that shows clicks and views for all of your links on one page, organized by date and time. This makes it easy to see how many times each link has been used since you posted it or how long until it gets more clicks or views. You can preview URLs using the same option as any other Bit.do shortcut: click on the button where you would like it copied, but copy and paste as text (application/vnd.ms-url).
The home page also has social media share buttons so users can share their links directly from the homepage rather than having to go to the link and sharing it from their own social media pages.
On Bit.do's homepage there is a button users can click at any time if they would like to see how many clicks their most popular links have gotten so far. There is also a tab showing all of your links organized by date and time, making it easy to see how many times each link has been used since you posted it or how long until it gets more clicks or views. You can preview URLs using the same option as any other bitly shortcut: just click on the "Shorten a different URL" button and then select "Paste as Text". The home page also has social media share buttons so users can share their links directly from the homepage rather than having to go to the link and sharing it from their own social media pages.
Users can also manage all of their past, current, and future links by clicking on "My Shortcuts." The title at the top says "All Links," but once inside this page users see past, present, and future links separated into different tabs; each tab shows popular ones first.
You can choose which short URL you would like to use for your preferred link: bitly or Bit.do:
""At Bitly we focus on providing a better user experience – simple, faster tools designed to put power in our users' hands... That's why we're happy to announce that we've teamed up with Bit.do as our new default url shortener. All existing Bitly links will continue to redirect seamlessly to bit.do, and you can update your app preferences in a few simple taps within the settings of any Bitly mobile or desktop app. We look forward to enhancing our products with new capabilities powered by bit.do technology.""
The link below provides more detailed interviews with Chris Hyams, head of PR for bit.ly/1iQ5kbM2015/03/the-privacy-concerns-behind-bitlys-new-urlshortener.html
Please refer to this website for more information: http://www.bit.do/about-bitdo
This article was about the Bit.do extension and how to use it for URL shortening, as well as information on who is using it and for what purpose. It also covers some privacy concerns behind this new URL shortener.
When clicking on your link, there should be a box that pops up with all of the activity done on the link: views and clicks (in order). There's also a drop down menu in "My Shortcuts," which allows users to see only current or past (or future) links; you can select popular ones first or not based on preference. Furthermore, you can choose which shortcut URL you would like to use: bitly or Bit
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