Showing posts with label URL Shortener. Show all posts
Showing posts with label URL Shortener. Show all posts

Friday, November 12, 2021

See What's Behind a Bitly Link Without Clicking On It

Bitly is a convenient tool for creating short URLs to share in place of long URLs. I've used it for years to create customized URLs that are easy for my students to type. Unfortunately, some people use Bitly to try to mask URLs to try to get you to click on nefarious links. Fortunately, there is an easy way to see where a Bitly link will take you without having to actually click on the link. 

The trick is to simply add a "+" to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the "+" the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was. That will then show you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will show you what the original link was. 

You can try this with my Bitly link of bit.ly/2ZZnuP2 which will take you to the registration page for my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter (https://practicaledtech.com/weekly-newsletter/). If you try the same link but add "+" to the end of it so it reads like this bit.ly/2ZZnuP2+ you will go to the Bitly page where I shortened my original URL.

I've created a couple of short video demonstrations of how this trick works. This is the Instagram video that I made about it. This is the YouTube video that I made about it.



Friday, March 26, 2021

A New Option for Shortening Microsoft Forms Links

It has always been possible to shorten long Microsoft Forms URLS with third-party services like Bitly and Yellkey. Recently, Microsoft added a built-in URL shortener to Microsoft Forms. This option now appears when you click on the share button in Microsoft Forms. Check the small box that reads "shorten URL" and you'll have a shortened URL to share. 

While the shortened URLs that Microsoft Forms provides are shorter than the default URLs for Forms, they're still fairly long URLs that aren't exactly memorable. To create shortened URLs that people can actually remember and spell you'll want to use the custom URL shortening provided by services like Bitly, TinyURL, or Yellkey. All three of those URL shortening services are demonstrated in this short video



On a related note, now that we're getting closer to the end of the school year you might be thinking about end-of-year surveys for students and parents. Here's how to use Microsoft Forms to create a survey