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At least for bit.ly, the URL associated with the short link can't be changed. It's a security feature because, otherwise, someone with bad intentions could theoretically take over an account and replace all short URLs with malicious destinations. From Bit.ly FAQ: Can I edit/change my bitly link? What if I email you and ask nicely? bitly links ...


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


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Jeff Atwood wrote that URL shortening is destroying the web. His argument is that URL shortening distorts PageRank. The internet is the house that PageRank built, and it's all predicated on hyperlinks. Once you start making every link your special flavor of "shortened" link, framing the target content -- heck, maybe wrapping it in a few ads ...


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You could use a service like Unshorten Services supported: TinyURL.com, SnipURL.com, NotLong.com, Metamark.net, zURL.ws and many others.


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Snip URL allow editing if you register. Not Long claimed to be able to do this. They had a comparison page (now defunct) and editing is one of the things they compared and highlighted as a benefit of their service. However, this aspect of the service appears to have been discontinued.


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TinyURL is case insensitive. (To test: try http://tinyurl.com/28ygwgs , http://tinyurl.com/28ygwGS . http://tinyurl.com/28YGwgs, http://tinyurl.com/28yGWgs et al ) (PS: the short URL is link to this question )


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(well, tracking the urls is a side effect, but )mainly: make urls shorter. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=de&geocode=&q=Mountain%2BView%2C%2BKalifornien%2C%2BUSA&sll=52.130956%2C11.636701&sspn=0.342681%2C0.699692&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Mountain%2BView%2C%2BSanta%2BClara%2BCounty%2C%2BKalifornien&t=h&z=13 ...


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This is not possible at this time. You can archive a link such that it won't show in your Manage listings, but that won't prevent the link from being used by someone who has the link already. Source Can I delete a bit.ly link? We believe that being a legitimate shortening service means offering permanent URLs. Our users can feel confident that the ...


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There's no technical reason why this isn't possible, although I'm not aware of any shortener service which support it currently. I suspect the main reasons that this feature hasn't been widely implemented is due to a couple of potentially sticky implementation details. One implementation issue that would need to be considered is how the parameters are ...


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Topsy.com seems to be able to search within URL shorteners.. Your example blog link returned 3 results


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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.


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Prefix the URL to shorten with http://twitter.com/share?url= and then in the resulting page you can copy the URL from the edit box, or just Tweet from there.


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The short answer is, there isn't. This has been recognized as a serious long term issue by many, and as such, an Internet Archive related project called 301 Works has sprung up to address this basically by providing redundancy to each providers records in case one disappears. Personally, I'd stick with bit.ly or tinyurl.com as they are the best and oldest ...


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URLs can be really long, and long URLs can break when passed around through email, social networks, etc. So URL shorteners can help by (a) making them shorter and potentially (b) making them more readable. Many URL shorteners have added a feature to track clicks on that URL -- and aggregate information about those clicks. (Time of day, geography, source of ...


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Shorter URLs are easier to work with, you can spell them over the phone, etc. Most URL shortening services allow you to monitor their use. Short URLs don't break in e-mail. Some e-mail clients break long lines of text and this can cause the URL to be unclickable or it can lead to wrong address (half of the URL is cut off). If your character count is limited ...


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t.co is run by Twitter and like twitter.com itself it suffers from overloading. The same could apply to other popular services.


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Doesn't look like Twitter provides any additional services other than URL shortening, but this can change fast. In the meantime, I use the Google shortener goo.gl - great analytics, same as their usual web analytics. It uses your Google ID btw, although you can use it signed out (and give up the analytics)


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This is not possible. Twitter API will automatically shorten any URL. Earlier, there was a way to go about disabling the URL wrapping - create a custom twitter app(example: a hosted dabr install) and disable URL shortening at the API settings. But now this option is no longer available


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You can either use the URL http://www.google.com/search?q=mountains+of+madness+lovecraft&tbm=isch or you could just use a URL shortener, like bit.ly or Google’s own one, goo.gl. Note: tbm=isch means the search will be done in images.


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bayimg.com is using lighthttpd to host its website. lighthttpd can be hosted both on Windows and Unix based operating systems. Typically for non Windows hosting, the case does matter. So 2 resources by 2 different URLs where only the case of the path differs could refer to 2 different resources. Even if different case variations give you the same result, ...


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You should be able to find referencing Tweets by using the Search API: http://search.twitter.com/search.json?q=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F7ADgb2YI Note that the search API will only return Tweets up to 6-9 days old, so you'll only get recent results using this approach. (An answer by Arne Roomann-Kurrik (@kurrik), Developer Advocate at Twitter, on ...


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With goo.gl, you can add .info at the end of the shortened URL.


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I think this might change when Google Profiles and Google+ are fully integrated. As for now, the best option I've seen is using gplus.to, where you can manually choose your link in the form http://gplus.to/yourname. It works quite well, but it should be noted that they are NOT connected to Google in any way. This is some sort of inofficial workaround for ...


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You would need to encode the encoded space - effectively, it looks like the LinkedIn.com website is unencoding the %20 to an actual space, which it then runs through a verification check which fails, as spaces in URLs are not supported. So if you want to have a site with a URL like: http://www.example.com/?id=this%20rocks You'd need to enter: ...


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Try this one http://twurl.cc/ I am not sure how it works but I do know they accept only openIDs for logging into their system. Here is a list of what were the top 15 URL shorteners as of Jan 20th of this year, http://www.gadgetcage.com/2010/01/top-15-url-shortening-services-to.html


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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: goo.gl URL Shortener, Shareaholic for Google Chrome) and Firefox (eg: goo.gl lite). Before people start writing code to incorporate our new features, we ...


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No. They don't expire. Can I delete a bit.ly link? We believe that being a legitimate shortening service means offering permanent URLs. Our users can feel confident that the bit.ly links they create don't unexpectedly disappear or expire. If you're worried that might not extend to custom links: No, all bit.ly links and custom names are ...


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This as called End-to-End (e2e) Domain configuration and is available to bit.ly Enterprise users only which costs $995 per month. Link to bit.ly Product features - shown above Link to bit.ly Pro & Enterprise Help


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According to the official Google blog, g.co sends you only to webpages that are owned by Google, and only Google can create g.co shortcuts. When you open g.co web page, it says: You’ve arrived at this page because you typed or linked to “g.co”, Google’s official URL shortcut just for Google websites. Whenever you see a short “g.co” link, you can ...


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http://www.longurlplease.com/ seems to support t.co. There's a Firefox extension and a bookmarklet. http://longurl.org/ also supports t.co. There is a Firefox extension and a Greasemonkey script. This Chrome Extension uses the longurl.org API. Searching the Chrome Web Store for "url expander" offers a bunch of other possibilities.



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