Solved

Link Shorteners?  Which one is the best?

Posted on 2016-10-22
10
93 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-06
I want to use a link shortener but there are numerous ones out there.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
Do they get deleted after a certain time period?
Can I have a permanent shortened link? or revise it?
Can I add an English word at the end of the link to make it easier to remember?
If there are good articles on this topic, I'd appreciate links to them.
0
Comment
Question by:brothertruffle880
10 Comments
 
LVL 78

Accepted Solution

by:
David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 250 total points
ID: 41855167
you have to create an account i.e. at bit.ly then you can create your own customized one. They're all pretty much the same.  If you own a domain with a short name you could create your own what they basically do is have a DNS in place and use a CNAME record,  google link shortener includes analytics and so do some others.

http://bit.ly/EEQuestion points to this question
0
 
LVL 51

Assisted Solution

by:Julian Hansen
Julian Hansen earned 50 total points
ID: 41855184
Bit.ly is one of the more popular ones.

According to their knowledge base they don't expire
http://support.bitly.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2202162-do-bitlinks-ever-expire-or-get-re-used-?b_id=5612
0
 
LVL 87

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 50 total points
ID: 41855189
Personally I am totally against link shorteners, as the link is obfuscated. That means I have no idea what site it points to and those things I just don't trust. If I get a shortened link like that I ignore it. So my recommendation to you is not to use them either.
0
 
LVL 78

Assisted Solution

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 250 total points
ID: 41855198
http://tinyurl.com/EE-28978157

@Rindi Personally I am totally against link shorteners, as the link is obfuscated. That means I have no idea what site it points to and those things I just don't trust. If I get a shortened link like that I ignore it. So my recommendation to you is not to use them either. This is why tinyurl.com (the original link shortener service added the preview option
https://preview.tinyurl.com/EE-28978157  With Preview (without setting preview cookie) you can force preview by setting the tinyurl preview cookie
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 26

Assisted Solution

by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Thomas Zucker-Scharff earned 50 total points
ID: 41855205
Just so you know that bit.ly is Lybia (hence the ly). Not a political statement you may wish to make.
0
 
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:Alan Henderson
Alan Henderson earned 50 total points
ID: 41855365
I share Rindi's security concerns, but in the case of bit.ly the shortened URL can be edited. So the user can reveal info about the target site.

I did it with this one:
bit.ly/DOCunderPressure

Many URLs nowadays are auto generated and ridiculously long, so if you're using it as I do in a newsletter, it's a useful tool.
0
 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:viki2000
viki2000 earned 50 total points
ID: 41855378
I use next one:
https://goo.gl/

It does not get deleted, but everyone can see the content if it has the link, so it is public.
0
 
LVL 26

Assisted Solution

by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Thomas Zucker-Scharff earned 50 total points
ID: 41855380
Although I haven't used goo.glad, I probably will look into it.  EE use something else.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:brothertruffle880
ID: 41876234
Thanks to all for the help.
0

Featured Post

Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Read about why website design really matters in today's demanding market.
Any business that wants to seriously grow needs to keep the needs and desires of an international audience of their websites in mind. Making a website friendly to international users isn’t prohibitively expensive and can provide an incredible return…
Any person in technology especially those working for big companies should at least know about the basics of web accessibility. Believe it or not there are even laws in place that require businesses to provide such means for the disabled and aging p…
The Bounty Board allows you to request an article or video on any technical topic, or fulfill a bounty request to earn points. Watch this video to learn how to use the Bounty Board to get the content you want, earn points, and browse submitted bount…

758 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

17 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now