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I’ve written previously on this blog about issues with shortened URLs and with the various worm exploits on Twitter that we’ve seen of late it is definitely becoming something of a concern. It’s even an option in the latest release of TweetDeck.
Earlier this week I wrote about LinkNark, a website that allows you to preview shortened URLs to ward off nasty surprises. Another alternative to LinkNark is ExpandMyURL.com, and it works in similar ways. Punch in your shortened URL – it accepts all the leading formats – and hit the ‘expand url’ button, and away you go.
It’s very quick and very simple, and does exactly what it says on the tin. But so far, so LinkNark.
Bit.ly is a popular URL shortener with a difference – it allows you to track links. This is very useful for many Twitter users and Bit.ly has a smidge over thirteen per cent of the URL shortening market share (behind the wildly popular, but less useful, TinyURL).
I use Bit.ly, for two reasons. One, it’s built into TweetDeck, and two, from time to time I find the link-tracking part of the service extremely useful (for example, if I’m using Twitter to promote a guest post I have written and don’t have access to that web site’s traffic).