URL Shorteners

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, it’s time to explore the wonderful world of URL shorteners!

A URL shortener is a web service that converts long, inconvenient URLs into smaller, more manageable ones that can easily be shared.  They have gained in popularity over the last few years due to the rise of social media sites such as Twitter due to the fact that they take up less “space” than a fully qualified URL.

You can actually shorten any URL quite easily – here’s how:

  1. Find a URL you want to shorten and visit it in your browser.  Copy the URL to your clipboard using Edit -> Copy
  2. Visit one of these URL shortener sites:
    1. Google URL shortener:  http://goo.gl/
    2. Bit.ly:  https://bitly.com/
  3. Paste in your long URL and get a tiny version

That’s it!  Enjoy! 🙂