With the wave of Twitter and mass mobile messaging, the number of characters in a message has become valuable real estate. So much so that many URL shortening web companies have appeared and taken on the job of saving you precious text characters. Personally, my favorite URL shortener which I’ve been using for a long time is called is.gd.
First off you might ask: What is a URL shortener? Or more specifically what is is.gd?
is.gd is a service that shortens URLs such as web addresses. This is useful in many circumstances (see below) e.g. in email clients that break long URLs.
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Our goal is to allow shortening URLs to the maximum extent technically possible.
URL shortening is nothing new, there are many contenders out there: tinyurl, bit.ly, su.pr, etc.. Of course they are all free, and with so many competitors it’s hard to figure out which one to use. Below I’ll cover a quick (2 step) tutorial on how to use a URL shortening website, and then we’ll talk about the groovy personalization feature that makes is.gd unique.
How To Shorten Your URL Using The Basic is.gd Website
1. In your internet browser, Visit is.gd and then Paste your URL into the text box and Click Compress That Address!
2. Your URL is shortened! Now all you need to do is Copy the short URL, in this example “http://is.gd/6EFIb” and then Paste it to wherever you needed a shorter URL.
Personalize Your Short URLS With is.gd
Other URL shortening services offer you the ability to reserve a static short URL. This static URL is then permanently dedicated to the one site you link it to.
The problem you encounter with this is that if someone took your URL, you’re short out of luck. This has caused many people to go to sites like bit.ly and start reserving every possible short url word they could think of.
With is.gd you don’t need to worry about reserving any URLs. It simply gives you a very short number to begin with, and then you can add whatever you like to the end and change it easily at any time. Here’s an example:
At the end of your is.gd short URL simply add a “ / “ (forward slash) and then whatever you want after that.
Everything you type after the / will be ignored by is.gd. This is useful if you’re looking to include your name in the short URL, brand, or if you want to have a short description attached to the short URL. You can make as many short URL’s with the same “/name” as you want. Overall it’s very groovy and lately the groovyPost team has been using it for all of our URL shortening needs.
Questions, Comments? We’d love to hear about your “short” experiences in the comments below or in the groovyPost community!