Bitly – Shorten and Manage Your Links
Bitly is something I just started using but is super useful. As twitter is restricted to 140 characters every letter is valuable. This is where Bitly comes in. Instead of having a link that is long (and ugly) such as
Bitly allows you to shorten it to
Not only does it use less characters but it also looks better and displays a message. You can create any custom bitly link, as long as it hasn’t been used before. For example I wanted to use bit.ly/TheShow but it was already taken by someone else. So I had to add HH (for Holy Hip-Hop) at the end. Bitly is super easy to use so I don’t really need to go into how to create a link because the UI does a great job in making that easy. Just create an account and start creating links.
Bitly is also a great way to track your links. It gives graphs and charts and allows you to quickly see what links are doing well.
To wrap it up, Bitly is a simple solution to a needed problem of shortening your URL links. Simple and effective is what I love :).