Some URLs are extremely long and cumbersome, especially when you are sharing the link with someone else. Shortening the URLs make them more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. When sharing information through a text message or tweet, where the number of characters are limited, using a shorten URL will allow you to share the web address when it otherwise would not be allowed.
Who clicked on my link?
The Google URL Shortener is a great way for teachers to track how frequently students are accessing their online resources. If a teacher notices that a posted link has only been clicked 5 times and he or she has 150 students, it is obvious that very few are seeking out that information. Teachers can use this valuable tool to evaluate online, student activity.
There are lots of Shorteners? Why should I use Google's?
Google URL Shortener is just one more reason that I love Google. The website makes it easy to shorten what seems to be an unlimited number of URLs for free. Although it is not necessary to have a Google account to create the Shortened URLs, I suggest that you sign in with one (such as your normal Google account that links to Gmail, Drive, etc.). If you do not have a Google account, I recommend you get one.
When you are signed into Google, the URL Shortener will save all of your shortened URLs and tell you how many times someone has clicked on the link! Below is an example of what Google produces as you begin shortening URLs on your account.
Google provides you with a list of the URLs you chose to shorten, the date that you shortened each one, followed by the new shortened URLs, a "Details" column, and lastly, the number of times someone clicked on the shortened URLs.
If you click the "Details" link, you will receive even more information about the people who clicked on the link including referrers, the browser and platform used, as well as the country from which the click originated. Additionally, Google creates a freeQR code for your use.
- 1. Go to http://goo.gl/ and sign into your Google account
- 2. Copy / Paste the full URL into the box labeled "Paste your long URL here:"
- 3. Click "Shorten URL"
- 4. Copy / Paste newly shortened URL and share it the same way you would the full sized URL.
- 5. Track number and type of clicks at http://goo.gl/