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goo.gl allows us to shorten URLs. For example, http://goo.gl/Y5VIoG will link to http://google.com

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

For example, how can we see that the link http://goo.gl/Y5VIoG points to http://google.com 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 at 13:42
    
longurl.org also supports a ton of shorteners, including goo.gl. –  Al E. Jan 24 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: http://goo.gl/Y5VIoG.info

For a better example, here's the example link from Goo.gl Help: http://goo.gl/l6MS.info

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

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If you use http://goo.gl/XXXXXXX.qr you'll get a QR code back for the goo.gl URL. Can be handy. –  Al E. Jan 24 at 13:46

take a look here https://developers.google.com/url-shortener/

and example of the API running is here: https://developers.google.com/apis-explorer/#s/urlshortener/v1/urlshortener.url.get?shortUrl=http%253A%252F%252Fgoo.gl%252FY5VIoG&_h=1&

which returns:

{ "kind": "urlshortener#url", "id": "http://goo.gl/Y5VIoG", "longUrl": "http://google.com/", "status": "OK" }

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