The eduBuzz Google Apps “Short Links” service is now available at some new, even shorter, addresses.
You’ll now find it at:
- http://shortlinks.www.edubuzz.org (the original location)
URL shortening services, such as http://tinyurl.com, are a popular way to share long web site addresses.
By turning a long and complex URL into one just a few characters long, the short address becomes one that can be included in a paper newsletter, for example, without readers having to carefully retype the whole thing.
Often individual users can create personal accounts with these services, and keep a personal list of their shortened URLs. But these lists aren’t visible to anyone else. An even if they were, there’s no easy way to sort the wheat from the chaff.
That’s where the eduBuzz Google Apps Short Links can help. It provides a shared way of sharing shorter URLs. Also, it records how often the short URLs are used – so if you include one in your school newsletter, you can check how many people actually used it.
Here’s an example, where it’s being used to make the complex URL of a national Glow Group much more accessible.
eduBuzz short link: http://links.edubuzz.org/partnershipsupport
eduBuzz Short Links is an experimental Google Labs service.