In today's world of technology, everything is getting smaller and faster. The same goes for websites – they are becoming more friendly to small screens. But what about longer links? It can be a real pain to copy a very long URL from a website you do not trust or an email message and paste it into your browser to check if it really leads where you think it does. That's why link shortening services have been created.
When you create a shortened link using one of those services, the service takes care of creating a short URL that redirects to the original webpage that owns the content behind the short URL. In most cases, the full link will be replaced by your chosen alias in their database so that when someone clicks on your alias, he/she will be redirected to the original webpage.
How do I
create a shortened link?
Link shortening is very easy. You can go to one of those services and type or paste any* URL you want to shorten* in the* provided field, choose an alias for your shortened URL and click on "Shorten". Congratulations – you've just created your own web address alias! Link shortening is also free (most of the time).
The shortened link can then be used like any other website's URL: you could copy it in order to paste it into an email message, chat client, forum post or even IM conversation. Not only that; since most of them are compatible with popular social websites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, you could share your shortened link with your friends, followers and subscribers.
In some cases, the fact that a link is short will be advertised in order to attract more clicks by using a catchy slogan like "Always use a short URL" or "Click here – no need to type long URLs".
Do I choose my own alias?
Absolutely! The only thing you have to keep in mind when choosing an alias for your shortened link is that not all characters are allowed in it. In other words, try to avoid special symbols ([email protected]#$%^&*()_+) and spaces . In most cases, you'll be able to shorten any website's address [as long as it doesn't any special formatting] but if you run into trouble, there are some other ways to create shortened URLs.
Is one better than the other?
There is no "better" service since they all do basically the same thing i.e., take care of providing you with a shorter URL that contains your chosen alias. While some services like goo.gl and bitly* provide additional features (such as analytics or customizable link-related widgets), it's not necessary that you'll use them; in fact, most users only use the basic functionality, which is creating an easy-to-remember shortcut for their links. It's also worth mentioning that any service can be used on almost every platform (desktop/mobile) or device (smartphone/tablet). *Some services offer more features that bit.ly and goo.gl, but they vary from service to service.
How long are shortened URLs valid?
This depends on the website that provides you with a short URL alias. Some of them might require you to use your shorter link immediately while others may give you up to 30 days before it expires (and has to be recreated). After all, the creation of each shortcut uses some server space so it wouldn't be smart for the provider if you decided not to use it within half a year or so…
What happens if I already have an alias for my link?
There's no limit as to how many aliases any given link can have; however, there is something called "Link Rot" (which means the shortened URL is replaced by another one). The majority of services use this approach in order to ensure that their links are still valid. If you really want to keep your shorter link, be sure to book mark it!
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What are some useful short URLs?
Some examples of shortened links include:
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