Solved

Link Shorteners?  Which one is the best?

Posted on 2016-10-22
10
124 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
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
10 Comments
 
LVL 82

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 58

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 88

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
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 82

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
 
LVL 29

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 24

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 21

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 29

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

VIDEO: THE CONCERTO CLOUD FOR HEALTHCARE

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When crafting your “Why Us” page, there are a plethora of pitfalls to avoid. Follow these five tips, and you’ll be well on your way to creating an effective page.
When it comes to security, close monitoring is a must. According to WhiteHat Security annual report, a substantial number of all web applications are vulnerable always. Monitis offers a new product - fully-featured Website security monitoring and pr…
Notifications on Experts Exchange help you keep track of your activity and updates in one place. Watch this video to learn how to use them on the site to quickly access the content that matters to you.
Where to go on the main page to find the job listings. How to apply to a job that you are interested in from the list that is featured on our Careers page.

617 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