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From Google's site: The Google URL Shortener provides the following safeguards to address user privacy concerns: The short URLs do not publicly reveal the identity of the user who created that URL mapping. The short URL history for a user is accessible only when signed in using that Google Account. The analytics for all ...


You could use a service like Unshorten Services supported:,,,, and many others.


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 ...


This little code makes it possible to create shortened URL's, with the use of Google Apps Script and the URL Shortener API. Prerequisites Under resources in the script editor (Tools > Script editor) select the Advanced Google Services and activate the UrlShortener: Then go to the Google Developers Console and select the URL for the API: Enable the API ...


With, you can add .info at the end of the shortened URL. Example:


There is a Firefox Addon and a Google Chrome extension that do this for you. Seems to me that one shouldn't have to click to find out -- the addons allow you to mouse-over to see the full URL.


You can take any link and add a + symbol to the end to see stats and details about the link. For example, I just found this link in my Twitter feed if I add a + I end up at which tells me the links will send me to In the ...


Publicizing While not 'true' publicized - you can goto and view a list of all links that you've shortened - provided you were logged in to your Google account. Sequential It's very hard to answer this - I did a short experiment where I ,posted 4 links back to back and the shortener generated seemingly random links. Having said that, if you ...


At the moment you can't as there is no official API available. An extract from this post here: Even without an official API, there are extensions available for browsers like Chrome (eg: URL Shortener, Shareaholic for Google Chrome) and Firefox (eg: lite). Before people start writing code to incorporate our new features, we ...


While @Sathya reasoned for all 4 states, I'd call it Publicizing. Reasons - If Google has a page such as which has all of the URLs that have been generated, then I would consider that to be publicizing the URL. Generate a list of all possible alpha-numeric combination of ~5 digits. That'd be a list of all possibly generated ...


One option would be to open the link in Google Chrome's incognito mode; even if the link is malicious, it won't have access to your cookies. This isn't foolproof however; the link could be crafted to hide any errors if you're not logged in.


With the code below, you're able to insert the analytics information as well. Code var SHORT = "short", INFO = "info", LONG = ' long'; function onOpen() { SpreadsheetApp.getUi() .createMenu("Shorten") .addItem("Create Links !!","createShorts") .addItem("Get analytics !!","getInfo") .addItem("Get long URL", "getLong") .addToUi() } ...


TinyURL has an API that spits out a text file with the shortened link. If you use the IMPORT DATA function, you can grab the text from that page. You also need to use the CONCATENATE function to string the URL together. The structure of the tinyurl API is IMPORT DATA from that link would obviously not go ...


There are a number of URL expanders which should work for many of the 'better' URL shortening services out there - such as LongURL. Many shortening providers do not have this preview functionality which you refer to in the question built in which means that these third party expanders are required.


I found what was causing the problem. The bookmarklet that I used didn't allow the URL to be added to my account history. javascript:document.location=''+encodeURIComponent(document.location.href) Going back to doing it manually for now.


The normal "switch account" option is not currently available with Here are some workarounds. Either sign out of all Google Accounts, then sign in with the account you want to use OR Open a New Private (Firefox, or Incognito with Chrome browser) Window, then sign in only with the account you wish to use with If you are using Internet ...


There's no way to tag or organize links by default. My suggestion is to use Delicious to store the shortened links. Delicious is an example, there are other sites such as pinboard, historious, scuttle where you can categorize links.

1 purports to work with "all" URL shorteners. Just drop the link in the field and press "Get Link Info". If found, the site responds with: The title of the target page The description of the target page The shortened URL The effective URL Any redirections External links An assessment of the safety of the site from Google using their Safe ...

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