Posts Tagged ‘url shortener’

Google Blocks – 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: 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.


Google Launches G.Co – URL Shortener for Internal Pages

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Given the size and scope of Google, I think a URL shortener makes a heck of a lot of sense.

URL shorteners are so yesterday, well that is my opinion. Regardless of it, it seems that companies still like the idea of turning a web address into an often smaller alternative. It makes sense on Twitter where users are limited to 140 chars, and maybe for mobile use, but beyond that?


URL X-Ray – Reveal URL Shortener Link Destinations

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This article describes a couple of neat tricks for figuring out where shortened URLs lead … before you actually click on them.

If you have ever had your browser and your computer hijacked, it can be one of the most unpleasant experiences. This sort of problem will take a lot of hours for you to clean up, and if it’s really bad, it can take days, and sometimes a loss of precious money and unrecoverable data.

(more…) 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).


McAfee URL Shortener

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This sounds like a huge improvement over most URL shorteners, because it actually lets you see where the link goes before you click on it …

It is not really clear to me why url shorteners have become that popular on today’s Internet. Sure, Twitter may have an impact on that, considering its 140 word limit per message, but there do not seem to be a lot of other applications for url shortening services.

Despite that, popularity has risen and more and more companies have created services to shorten long urls. The latest to join the ranks is security company McAfee which adds a twist to the game.