Transforms an oft-times obscenely long URL into a much shorter, compact version

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How can I be certain that a URL-shortened link I click isn't going to send me to a dangerous or unwanted site?

When I see a shortened URL, I'm always hesitant to click it because I don't know where the link is going to go. (In the worst case, it may lead to an XSS exploit against a site that I'm logged in to) ...
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URL shorteners or redirectors whose target links can be changed after it was made [closed]

Are there any URL shorteners or redirectors whose target links can be changed by its creator after it was made?
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Are short URLs permanent?

Do bit.ly and other URL shorteners reutilize unused short URLs? It seems the be so. Is there any risk that an URL that is redirected to a certain page right now, be redirected to another page in the ...
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URL shortening web services/web sites

Does it matter which URL shortening web service you use when shortening URLs? Why will one choose, say TinyUrl over any other? And is their a lifespan for the shortened URL, will there be a guarantee ...
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How to avoid Twitter's URL shortening

I want to post an URL in Twitter, but I don't want it to be shortened - the domain is a 3 letter word so it doesn't even make sense to shorten it. However, when I am writing the tweet in the website I ...
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Click statistics with Twitter's t.co URL shortener?

Now that Twitter automatically shortens urls with its t.co service, 3rd party services like bit.ly / j.mp have become somewhat superfluous (for Twitter use). However, bit.ly provides nice click ...
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URL shortener that supports parameters?

So I was wondering if there was any URL shortening service that would allow (optional) parameters? So for example it would be something like this: goo.gl/mv2j?state=NC Which would translate into: ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to find out *who* created a short Google URL (like goo.gl/something)?

I was wondering: is it possible for other people to find out who created a short goo.gl URL (that I created using my own Google account)? That is, can they trace it back to my Google account?
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How to search Twitter for tweets citing a blog post, correcting for URL shorteners?

Say I want to find all tweets that link to a particular blog post, such as this one, and considering that most tweets would actually use URL shorteners, is there a way to find those tweets, taking ...
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Permanently delete a shortened link from bit.ly

I want to delete a shortened link from bit.ly that was created by me. How can I do that?
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What is the purpose of shortening URL services?

What is the purpose of shortening URL service? Are shortening URL service related only to the fact that a single Twitter message has a small characters limits? Or does they have other uses?
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Case Insensitive URL Shorteners

Are there any case insensitive URL shorteners out there that have an API?
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Anonymize a Google Search URL

If I search Google Images for mountains of madness lovecraft, I get something like this URL: ...
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How to use Twitter's t.co service to shorten a URL

I like how the new t.co URLs show up as the destination instead of some cryptic value. Unfortunately Twitter hasn't built it into their default web based Twitter client. How do I shorten the URL with ...
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How can I track down t.co links?

When you enter a URL into a tweet, Twitter uses their own in house URL shortener on the t.co domain to turn it into something smaller and track usage. My site has recently been Tweeted by somebody ...
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Are Google Shortened URLs (goo.gl) Publicized, Sequential, or Secret?

Google has a shortening service at http://goo.gl/ which let's you convert a long URL to a short one. It says the following about the URLs it generates: All goo.gl URLs and click analytics are ...
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Is there any way to preview the URL of a t.co link on Twitter?

They've basically taken over the URL shortening game, but without offering the features the other shorteners do. For instance, http://is.gd allows you to set a setting which will show you the link ...
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How can I use Goo.gl as my URL shortener in Twitter for iPhone (Tweetie)?

I've gone to Settings → Services → URL Shortening → Custom. What do I enter as the "URL shortening endpoint"?
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Setting a Google+ vanity URL like plus.google.com/me [duplicate]

Where can I set a vanity URL for my Google+ profile? Ideally I would like to be able to have my current profiles.google.com URL brought over in case Google decide the profiles are now valid for Google ...
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Why doesn't Twitter's URL shortening always work?

Recently when posting links I've found Twitter has no longer offered to automatically shorten URLs; they used to be shortened to a max of 20 characters just when I pasted them into the tweet box. Now ...
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Bit.ly doesn't support OpenId, what URL shortener does?

Question inspired by this tweet: bit.ly still doesn't support OpenID? Any recommendations on a url shortener that does? http://twitter.com/jongalloway/status/17967007628
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Where are the Shrinkster short URL codes now?

Shrinkster.com has stated for a while: We'll be back soon! We are temporarily offline due to abuse by spammers. unless I just stumbled upon this temp message twice in the span of a year or so. Does ...
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2answers
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Is Google's new URL shortener service g.co already usable?

Some time ago, Google acquired the domain g.co as an URL shortener exclusively for its own services (e.g. Tech Crunch). So far, I haven't seen it in use anywhere, and it would be very useful for long ...
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1answer
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Offical Twitter iPhone App & Bit.Ly Pro

I have a bit.ly pro account with my own custom short domain setup. Can anyone tell me how I can use my custom short domain as my custom URL shortner for the the Official Twitter App for iPhone? I ...
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1answer
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URL Shortener that does mailto links and has tracking

Does anyone know of a URL shortening service that allows mailto links and has a tracking feature for those links? It doesn't matter if you need to sign up for a paid account to do this. I've found ...
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goo.gl: no URL history

I've shortened and shared several URLs with goo.gl during the last few days. I'm logged in and have tested the URLs to work, but the URL history seems to remain empty, only showing: No entries ...
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How can I find out what a goo.gl URL leads to, without visiting it?

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, ...
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Do customized bit.ly links ever expire?

I'm about to send out "save the date" announcements for my wedding soon, and wanted to include a link to a our wedding page hosted on a popular planning site, theknot.com. The link options they gave ...
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How to convert Google Maps “My Maps” to an image?

I have found this excelent tool My Maps -> Static Map Converter Which does what I want, converting polygons, polylines and markers too. But it has a limitation. It generates URLs so big that the ...
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Sort all my j.mp links by most clicked

Is there any way I can get all of the links associated with my j.mp account and arrange them so that the links with the most clicks are at the top?
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How to add a website URL with space (%20) in a LinkedIn profile page under websites?

I am trying to add my weblink which has a white space, that is, %20 in it. When I add a website URL in a LinkedIn profile using the edit option, it shows no error. But when I click the link in my ...
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How to avoid url encoding with bit.ly?

I am using bit.ly linked with my Twitter Account to write tweet directly from their web site. Today I had the need to write an announce that mention a site name, TF2Maps.net in this case. The ...
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212 views

Make bit.ly use my own URL shortening service for pages on my site

I see that bit.ly have integrated with other URL shortening services to allow for custom domains in the short URL version. E.g. When I shorten a URL from an article on TheNextWeb.com it gets ...
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URL shortener with counter and/or stats

Is there any free URL shortener that supports counting? And maybe some logging? If possible, without any registration. As simple as tinyurl.com if possible.
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URL shortener that supports link deletion / expiration? [closed]

I need to share a URL, but I want the link to be there for a week, after a week, I want the link to expire. Do you know of such a service?
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A url shortener that lets me update the desitation url without changing the short url [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: URL shorteners or redirectors whose target links can be changed after it was made Does anybody know of a url shortener, preferably with customizable names, where you can ...
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2answers
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Is there any importance to the letter-case in bayimg URLs?

When I create an image using http://bayimg.com, I get a URL such as http://bayimg.com/NANmnAaCJ, and the image is hosted at http://image.bayimg.com/nanmnaacj.jpg. I know that some URL shortening ...
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1answer
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Short URL services not working properly

any idea why short URL services fail very often? Mozilla shows a "Problem loading page" error page: Server not found. Firefox can't find the server at www.t.co. This is especially true for t.co ...
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Does the Twitter shortener (t.co) give the same code for the same link?

Or in another words: if I have two different links generated when shortening a Twitter message, does it surely mean that they point to two unique addresses?
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How long will a TinyURL be available?

This is not a thread about if URL shortener are good or not, I'm just wondering how long such created TinyURL will be available? Is the given URL available "forever"? If so - is there a way to ...
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URL Shortener that forwards GET Query Strings

I want to create a small URL like goo.gl/xpto but I need it to forward the query string back to the original URL: goo.gl/xpto?foo=bar => example.com?foo=bar Which URL shortners do this nowadays? ...
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Short url for Google News and Google Videos

On some occasions you want to provide some particular Google Search. You could simply copy the link from your browser's address bar, which often gives a very long link containing a lot of redundant ...
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Creating custom shortener on Bit.ly for previously shortened links

I created shortened links on Bit.ly in the past. I have now added a custom shortened domain on Bit.ly for my personal account. How do I change the previously created links on Bit.ly so that it will ...
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Get a shortened (minimalist) link to a Google search

Sometimes, I want a shortened link to the results of a Google Search, to share in a comment on facebook or in a forum. A URL shortener (e.g., bit.ly) is not great, because the resulting Google Search ...
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How to post long URL in Twitpic? URL does not get shortened in input field, so too many characters

I want to tweet an image accompanied with a caption that includes a long URL (93 characters). Unfortunately, the URL does not get shortened, so there are not enough characters left to write a ...