Posts Tagged ‘bit.ly’

Google Blocks Bit.ly – Chrome and Firefox Affected

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Shortened URLs always give me the creeps; before I click on a URL, I want to know where it’s going to take me.

Bitly is a popular url shortening service that is widely used and according to Alexa one of the top 4000 websites in the world. It can be used by anyone to turn any link into a shorter version that looks similar to this one: http://bit.ly/1dNVPAW. If you have tried to open the main Bitly website recently or clicked on a link that was shortened by others using the service you may have received a notification in your browser that access to the website has been blocked.

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Goo.gl Google URL Shortener – Do We Really Need It?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I think one of the major reasons that url shorteners are so popular these days, is Facebook’s 430 character, maximum wall posting length limit …

On the Internet, when something clicks and becomes very popular overnight, it takes usually less than a month before similar services are offered to the public, often with a similar or slightly modified feature set.

URL shorteners, those services that turn long urls into short ones, are very popular on today’s Internet. Why? I have no idea to be honest. I can see their use in some situations, when text space is limited, or when it is difficulty to type (on a mobile phone for instance), but it ends there. Yes, I may be old fashioned about that, but I cannot see another reason for using an url shortening service, unless you are an Internet Marketers or curious user, and want to know who clicks on the links (that’s because some of the services offer traffic statistics for registered users).

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