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What is bit.ly

 
ologsinquito
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on 10/19/2013

In my stats I see visitors from bit.ly. Does anyone know what this is, or if it is a search engine?


WordChazer
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on 10/19/2013

Hi ologsinquito!

Bit.ly is a program used to provide short links to other web pages, if I recall. Popular with the Twitterati and similar to tinyurl which was (I think) the original shortening service for links. It makes www.xyxyxyxyyxyxyyxxxxxxx.com into a short code of mixed letters and numbers of around 8 characters, making it better for social media and also hiding links from spammers. You can see the wiki page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitly for further details.

 

 


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ologsinquito
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on 10/19/2013

Thanks Paula, I was just curious.


AbbyFitz
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on 10/19/2013

I had wondered that too. So is that some random person sharing our wizzes on twutter or something?


younghopes
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on 10/20/2013

Hi Ologsinquito, i have been using bit.ly for long time now, mainly for promoting my twitter tweets because it helps to shorten a web url. Apart from this, i also use it on my facebook page, google plus etc to drive traffic. The good aspect of having an account at bit.ly is it tells me from where i am getting the clicks on my posts, the number of clicks as well as the countries being targeted. 


ologsinquito
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on 10/20/2013

Thanks younghopes, that also helps clear up the confusion.


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