Annoying, super long URLs?  Bitly to the rescue!

Yesterday, Twitter tweeted that photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward the 140 character limit. But, that doesn’t eliminate the need to shorten those annoying, super long URLs, does it?

Bitly is a popular URL shortening service used extensively on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Web address: bitly.com
Registration: Optional
Cost: Free, upgrade options available
App: Yes
Analytics: Yes

Why should you use bitly?  What is it used for?

  • Shorten a long URL using bitly to save characters for tweeting.  Use those characters to add valuable commentary that encourages readers to click on the link instead!
  • Using a shortened URL also leaves more characters to include hashtags that will help readers interested in your content find you.
Best free Bitly feature? Shorten & share. Best premium Bitly feature? Branded short domains & customized short links for context.

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