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How can we determine what URL the link points to without actually visiting it?

For example, how can we see that the link points to without actually clicking on it?

Is there an official way to do this (provided by Google instead of a 3rd party)?

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There are a few browser extensions which purport to be able to "lengthen" shortened URLs from a number of different services. – Al E. Jan 24 '14 at 13:42 also supports a ton of shorteners, including – Al E. Jan 24 '14 at 13:48

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Adding a .info after the URL will give you detailed analytics of the short URL, including:

  • The full URL being pointed to
  • QR Code
  • Number of clicks over various timeframes
  • Visitor information:
    • Referrers
    • Browsers
    • Platforms (Windows, et al.)
    • Country of origin

For instance: This question:

For a better example, here's the example link from Help:

(Note: Analytics for all short URLs are publicly visible to all users.)

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If you use you'll get a QR code back for the URL. Can be handy. – Al E. Jan 24 '14 at 13:46
Wow, 66.7% of the people are from this answer – UNICYCLEZ R DE BEST IN DE HERE Jul 14 at 8:27

take a look here

and example of the API running is here:

which returns:

{ "kind": "urlshortener#url", "id": "", "longUrl": "", "status": "OK" }

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