Why and how to use an URL shortening service

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Sometimes URLs can be really long, hard to remember, or simply won´t fit into your sozial media post.

Another reason why you might want to use short URLs is that you can track clicks, so you will see how many people really clicked on your link.


There are a couple of URL shortening services around, two which are really easy to use are Google URL Shortener and the one Twitter uses Bitly.


Here is how to use them:


  • Copy the long URL you want to be shortened.
  • Visit the website of an URL shortening service.
  • Search for Paste your URL here or something similar. Paste your URL into this field.
  • Click on shorten.
  • Copy the shortened URL and paste it anywhere you choose.


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