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Sharing links which are long or unwieldy can be a hassle. They are hard to remember and links can get cut off in emails.

What should be a simple online activity can turn into a classroom management nightmare! There are 2 tools that are particularly helpful in making these web addresses less difficult to type or remember.

#1 Tinyurl.com

If you need to create a quick shortcut with no need to save a record of it for the future, tinyurl.com is a very efficient and useful tool. It requires no login and takes only a minute or so to create your truncated shortcut. Copy and paste the lengthy URL and assign a name to display instead.

Our own Ben Johnson used this tool to shorten the link to PSD’s Google Docs login from https://psdschools-org.advancedsso.com/sign-in to http://tinyurl.com/psddocs which we are grateful for each time we log in.

#2 bit.ly (www.bitly.com)

Bitly is a more robust tool that requires you to either create your own account or login using your Facebook or Twitter ID. It keeps a record of the website links you have created (bitmarks) and also keeps track of the number of clicks each website has received. If you update a version of your website you wish to link, you can change the original web address and transfer the record for number of clicks from the previous website. (Example: using a similar survey but updated for a new school year)

5 thoughts on “Bit.ly and Tinyurl

  1. I believe what you posted made a great deal of
    sense. However, what about this? suppose you typed a
    catchier title? I ain’t suggesting your content is not solid., however suppose you added a title that grabbed people’s
    attention? I mean Bit.ly and Tinyurl | TeachTechPSD
    is a little plain. You should look at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create post headlines to grab viewers interested. You might try adding a video or a picture or two to get people interested about everything’ve written.
    Just my opinion, it could bring your website a little bit more interesting.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. If you’ve looked at our posts, we do include quite a few images and videos (when necessary). Being that this blog is “5 minute tech tips”, however, means that I also need to make a point quickly.

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