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Posts tagged with Bit.Ly

When all your shortlinks belong to the Libyan government

In 2009, 'sex educator' Violet Blue launched a URL shortener designed for all of those NSFW links you might want to share. The service, billed as the "first and only sex-positive URL shortener", was located at vb.ly.

Most of us don't think about the .ly portion of the URL when we, for instance, see a bit.ly link. But as vb.ly learned the hard way, it's pretty important.

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In its quest for links, Google promotes its URL shortener

Google may be the most dominant search engine in many parts of the world, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have its work cut out for it in meeting future challenges.

One of those challenges: tapping into all the links that are being shared on services like Facebook and Twitter. After all, the links sharing that takes place on these services represents a potentially valuable 'signal' that Google can factor into its algorithm.

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Bit.ly hopes new features will help fend off competition from Twitter's own URL shortening service

Times are dire for many third-party services built on top of Twitter. The microblogging service struck fear in the hearts of developers last month with an announcement that it would start replacing many of the services that have sprung up around Twitter.

One such company, however, was not upset. URL shortener Bit.ly is hoping that it can fend off Twitter's own impending shortener by offering better and more reliable features. To that end, the company launched new capabilities today that will help share and track shortened links online.

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Another reason to avoid URL shorteners: they're slow

It is said that necessity is the mother of all invention, and that's certainly true of URL shortening services. The rise of the status update means that there's no room for an extraneous character, and that has in turn led to the rise of URL shortening services that make sure the links shared in status updates don't take up any more room than needed.

As these services have grown in popularity, it's not uncommon to see shortened URLs used in places where there's really no need for them, from blog comments to emails.

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Google introduces Goo.gl. But Bit.ly isn't going down without a fight.

What is a small digital company to do when Google enters their market? Well, URL shortener Bit.ly isn't planning to take new competition from Google lying down.

This week, the search giant announced that it was introducing a URL shortener Goo.gl. But before anyone could properly mourn Bit.ly's loss of business, the leading URL shortener came out with a new product that just might fend off Google's intrusion into its marketplace.

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URL shorteners: What's bad for tr.im is good for bit.ly

Tr.im, one of the many services that allows web surfers to shorten URLs, announced that it would close its doors yesterday. In the interim, a debate about the utility of shorteners and how dangerous it is to depend on these tiny companies that may or may not exist in a year has arisen.

It's the nature of the online world that tech start ups come and go. But shorteners have become an important part of the social web. And one thing seems clear. Tr.im's demise is great for competitor bit.ly.

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URL shortening service Bit.ly raises cash, but where's the money?

It may be a tough time to raise money if you're a young startup but that doesn't mean that funding isn't out there.

Bit.ly, the rockstar URL shortening service that we've profiled on the Econsultancy blog before, proves that; it just managed to raise $2mn from private investors.

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Tool of the week: 1link.in

1link.in is the tool of the week1link.in is a shortcode service with a difference. The difference is that it allows you to configure one link to open multiple pages.

I’ve not seen anything like it before (which often means there are a dozen similar tools out there).

The service works just like Bit.ly or TinyURL, by allowing you to paste in a link to shorten it. But it specifically allows you to embed a number of pages in that link, something that the other tools don’t (yet) offer.

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Tool of the week: 1link.in

1link.in is the tool of the week1link.in is a shortcode service with a difference. The difference is that it allows you to configure one link to open multiple pages. 

I’ve not seen anything like it before (which often means there are a dozen similar tools out there).

The service works just like Bit.ly or TinyURL, by allowing you to paste in a link to shorten it. But it specifically allows you to embed a number of pages in that link, something that the other tools don’t (yet) offer.

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Report: Twitter raising more money at $250m valuation

Twitter, the popular microblogging service that has become a favorite social media marketing tool, has signed a term sheet to raise more venture capital money at a $250m valuation. That's according to a report published this weekend by TechCrunch.

Thus far, Twitter has raised approximately $20 million in funding. The dollar amount of the latest round is not yet known.

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