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What do you prefer for a url shortener?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Unify, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. #1
    I'm currently working on improving my url shortener http://smaii.com

    I'm wondering what you guys prefer for a url shortener redirection:

    Splash Page:
    Safer: User is able to view a quick preview before visiting the page. That way you cannot shorten some gore, or nasty stuff and post it all over facebook.
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    Redirection Bar:
    Redirection bar is neat because it takes you to the page right away, but theres a black bar at the top of the page which can be removed.
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    Or is it better to have instant redirection, similar to that of bitly?
    What do you think.
    Unify, Apr 14, 2013 IP
  2. agelinajohly

    agelinajohly Peon

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    #2
    i use bit.ly for url shortner...
    agelinajohly, Apr 14, 2013 IP
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    kresimir Peon

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    #4
    Take a look at some of the more popular link shorteners and see what they do "right" and try to take inspiration from them - obviously it works for them, however, there are many different link shorteners and as such, people may decide to stick to the "well known" ones. (I would personally).
    thecodingdude, Apr 14, 2013 IP
  5. Unify

    Unify Member

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    #5
    Thanks for the replies. Although I did not ask what url shortener you used. I asked what method of redirection you prefer.

    Did you guys read the thread?

    @thecodingdude
    Thank you. Yea, it seems bit.ly in goo.gl are the two url shorteners used in this thread.
    Those url shorteners redirect to page instantly.

    Maybe I should do that as well...
    Unify, Apr 14, 2013 IP
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    guo9810 Member

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    #6
    I'd prefer direct linking. Isn't that the point of shrinking it in the first place?
    guo9810, Apr 16, 2013 IP
  7. Unify

    Unify Member

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    #7
    Well, yes. But the other methods of redirection have benefits to them as well.

    Anyways thank you for your reply sir.
    So far I think you're the only person who actually read the thread.
    Unify, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    jamie lewis Greenhorn

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    #8
    Best Url Shortner
    - Shorten web addresses for emails, forum posts, blogs etc. which cannot handle long URLs and might wrap them, making them unclickable

    - Hide the real URLs of affiliate links from visitors to your site

    - Clean up bookmarks for social bookmarking sites or sites with low character limits like Twitter

    - Advance Tools, side bar bookmarklet, developer tools.

    - Good to build traffic
    More than 50000 people are using http://adhit.me
    http://adhit.me your best Url Shortner.
    jamie lewis, Apr 27, 2013 IP
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    #9
    i can't see your images in OP. But I think the previewer idea is pretty good.
    wren11, Apr 27, 2013 IP
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    ruworth Active Member

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    #10
    I have an account over at bit.ly, the are good ad their links seem to stay for much much much longer than anyone else.
    ruworth, Apr 27, 2013 IP
  11. John Murphy

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    #11
    bit.ly I am gona recommend that
    John Murphy, Apr 29, 2013 IP
  12. MilesGeek

    MilesGeek Active Member Premium Member

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    #12
    I have used tinyurl.com
    MilesGeek, Apr 29, 2013 IP
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    #13
    I go for tinurl as well
    Benny Rockwell, Apr 29, 2013 IP
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    #14
    Bit.ly is a really good I am gona preffer that :)
    nimohostco, May 1, 2013 IP
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    PinnedURL Peon

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    #15
    Pinterest doesn't allow bit.ly or tinyurl. PinnedURL is a link shortener and URL redirect service with click tracking and allows you to include an alias. It works pretty well. http://pinnedurl.com
    PinnedURL, Jun 7, 2013 IP
  16. Unify

    Unify Member

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    #16
    Nice, advertising your website on my thread.
    Unify, Jun 7, 2013 IP
  17. PinnedURL

    PinnedURL Peon

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    #17
    Yes, but did you see what I mentioned about tinyurl and bit.ly. It may be of concern for some people. Just saying...
    PinnedURL, Jun 7, 2013 IP
  18. qwikad.com

    qwikad.com Well-Known Member Affiliate Manager

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    #18
    You can easily use Twitter for the same purpose. They shorten your URL by default anyway, so why not. Plus, Twitter is here to stay. A lot of url shortening services spring up and die within a month.
    qwikad.com, Jun 14, 2013 IP
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    Empire C Ltd Greenhorn

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    #19
    I use bit.ly or goo.gl for shortening my links personally, however, I like your idea of having a small preview/splash page to see a small preview of the content coming up so you're not scared or repulsed. The preview shouldn't last longer than a few seconds, though.
    Empire C Ltd, Jun 18, 2013 IP
  20. Howard Lim

    Howard Lim Active Member

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    #20
    I guess it depends on personal preference. Of course there are pros and cons for both.
    bit.ly is simple and easy to use, not much hassle.
    a small preview would be able to entice people and invoke their curiosity in what you are doing, but you need to be able to capture attention and have a good call to action.
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    Howard Lim, Jun 18, 2013 IP