During my class Jobs 2 today, I wanted to give a student a link to some results on an American jobs website. He works in sales for ERP, so I did a search on IT jobs site Dice.com.
I wanted to put the link for the search results in the chat box, but it wouldn't enter. I finally realized it was because the URL was too long... way too long... insanely long:
I had to backspace through all that to get rid of it, and then I used Bitly to make a shorter link. Bitly is an URL shortening service, that makes long web addresses short. It took that gigantic URL and turned it into http://bit.ly/H4StbV . It is especially useful on microblogs like Twitter.
On Chinese microblogs like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, URLs are shortened automatically. E.g. on my Tencent microblog that superlong URL is shortened to just http://url.cn/3VYoRK .
I mentioned Bitly in Links During Online Classes and today it was a real lifesaver.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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