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Link Shorteners?  Which one is the best?

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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.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 250 total points
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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.

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by:Julian Hansen
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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
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by:rindi
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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.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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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
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Just so you know that bit.ly is Lybia (hence the ly). Not a political statement you may wish to make.
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by:Alan Henderson
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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.
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by:viki2000
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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.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Although I haven't used goo.glad, I probably will look into it.  EE use something else.
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Thanks to all for the help.
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