Bit.ly recently launched a new service called bit.ly bundles, allowing you to share a collection of shortened links using one bit.ly link. The potential uses are endless, from educational, to creating a portfolio, to the ultimate in social media, creating a lifestream of your day, or week. Because of the nature of a service like bit.ly bundles, it truly becomes what you want it to be.
And there’s no reason not to take advantage of bit.ly’s other services, together with your bundles. Other users can comment on your bit.ly bundles using Disqus, you can share your bundles simultaneously to Facebook and Twitter, and can of course post the link anywhere you want.
Getting started, just paste a few links into bit.ly, and they will automatically be shortened. Once you’ve collected all of your links, click on ‘Bundle’ and your page will be created.
The bundle can be viewed in one of two ways – with previews of the content, or as a list. Previews from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and much more are visible from within the bundle. To rearrange the order of the links, preview the bundle as a list and drag and drop the links to the spot you prefer. Bundles can be further edited by changing the title to each link and adding a description. You can also continue to add more links to the bundle by going to the bundle page.
If you want to remove a link in a bundle, you can do so from the bundle page, viewing the links as a list. This will, however, not delete the link from your public profile.
If you want to delete the link, or a bundle, completely from your account, you can do so from your homepage, but navigating to the link, and selecting Options > Archive.
One idea that has been floating around the blogosphere since bit.ly bundles launched is to use it as a lifestreaming service. Collect the links you’ve posted throughout the day – photos, status updates, blog posts – all the information that you’ve shared online and create a bundle.
So why use bit.ly rather than a lifestream service? The advantage to using bit.ly is that you can control the frequency of how often your lifestream is updated, and you can selectively choose specific information to include. You can also choose to share information that you don’t necessarily post online, but rather parts of your day that you want to remember, essentially creating an online journal of sorts.
Additionally, bit.ly’s statistics gives you a great way to monitor the traffic on your lifestream. Of course, unlike other lifestreaming services, the process is not automated, so it takes a bit more effort on your part.
Artists, writers and other creative minds can use bit.ly bundles to create quick lists of their work, or mini portfolios. Since pictures can be previewed, photographers can create a page of similar pictures they might want to share. Writers can share a list of articles that they have posted on various magazines or blogs. Whatever the field, bit.ly bundles give you a quick and convenient way to create collections of your work to share with family, friends and clients.
Using bit.ly bundles, you can create music or video playlists from various sources. Collect songs from YouTube, We Are Hunted, TheSixtyOne – wherever you go to listen to music – and create a list of your favourite songs. Unfortunately, you can’t play them directly from within bit.ly, but rather have to go to the original MP3 or video to get your entertainment fix.
A lot of shopping websites have wishlists, from Amazon to ThinkGeek, where you can create lists of your favourite shopping items. If you want to create a wishlist from multiple websites, bit.ly bundles can get the job done. With the holidays coming up, what better way to let your family and friends know what you want this Christmas.
Education, Research and Teamwork
Bit.ly bundles offer a new way for research information to be shared, for teachers to share information with their students, in a modern and unique way that will appeal to a younger generation.
Whether you have a team assignment for school or are working on a project with a group of people, bit.ly bundles can be a way to share pertinent information, using one link. Of course if you share your timeline publicly, this might not be the ideal solution to share links of a sensitive or private nature.
How are you going to use bit.ly bundles? Let us know in the comments.