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.
After successful testing, East Lothian’s Edubuzz.org Google Apps for Education system is now being made available to all schools. If you’ve not seen it yet, you might be curious about what’s on offer.
Google Apps complement Glow and the Edubuzz blogs by providing a new set of completely web-based tools for communication and collaboration, including Mail, Calendar, Sites and Documents.
If you’d like a guided intro, there’s a very simple self-paced course you might like to try. It’s not based on exactly our system (the Start Page, for example, has since gone) but is a good starting point.