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shorten linksURL shortening services 10 Short URL Services Face Off! 10 Short URL Services Face Off! Read More have been around for ages. You’ve probably tried a few of them: Bit.ly, tinyurl,  Goo.gl Google URL Shortener Launches Website [News] Google URL Shortener Launches Website [News] Read More , Is.gd, Ow.ly, Doiop.com and the humourous Arseh.at and ShadyURL are all familiar shorteners seen around the Internet.

A new player on the market, BridgeURL, has taken URL shortening to a completely new level by allowing one short URL to point to multiple links at once. It’s such a simple step on from the original idea of shortening URLs, but it’s quite a revolutionary game-changer in terms of potential usage.

Who Would Use This?

The ability to share multiple links with one URL will be a great asset to users of microblogs and social networks, eg. for Twitter and Facebook updates.

Twitter users are especially heavy users of URL shorteners, due to the 140 character limitation on Tweets and the fact that user profiles can only link to one URL. An innovation such as this can make it much easier to share a lot of information in just one tweet. The possibilities are endless!

How Do You Use It?

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BridgeURL is unbelievable easy to use. You don’t need to sign up – just visit BridgeURL, choose a name and add your links.

The resulting URL is formed to use the name you gave it, which makes it friendly for human eyes.

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When you click on the short URL, you’re taken to a page which brings up your links in iFrames. This is known as “slideshow mode”. To move between your links, there are Previous/Next arrows in the top left and right. If you like, it’s easy to pop out the frame and view the page within (here’s mine).

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It’s also possible to view your links all at once “” there’s a link option below the main one you received previously (or just add /all to the end of your URL). This is perhaps not such a great idea if you have used lots of links or linked to media-rich sites. But it could be useful for display purposes.

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It’s all so simple and it looks great!

Limitations

Before you get too excited, the fact that BridgeURL uses iFrames means that websites that don’t allow their pages to be shown in iFrames will not be able to be incorporated into your short URL. Sadly, this includes Facebook, Myspace and Paypal. However, there are still plenty of other sites it will work with and in the meantime, BridgeURL is working on a solution.

Ideas For Use

There are so many great things you could do with a service like this. Consider a few of these ideas and see what that prompts you to come up with.

Personal Profile Links

Links to your best social media profiles (well, except Facebook) and websites. A personal URL could link to your Twitter profile; personal blog; YouTube profile; favourite books; favourite music and favourite movies.

Professional Profile Links

A professional URL could link to your LinkedIn profile; professional blog; your employer’s website and some examples of your work (portfolio).

Daily News

If you regularly browse several news sources, why not link them all together? Take it all in using one easy link.

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Morning Coffee Links

Where do you go first thing in the morning? Gmail, news, favourite Twitter list, weather, etc.

Inspiration

Do you have several sites you visit for creative inspiration? Link them all together and browse them as a group!

Boredom Busters

When you’re bored (or your kids are bored), do you cycle through your favourite online games? Why not link them up?

Sharing With Friends

Think about things you could share: 10 favourite YouTube clips? Handful of things that made you laugh today? Cutest puppies ever? Recipes? Your favourite photos from your holiday?

Use BridgeURL links With QR Codes!

For an added stroke of genius, why not link your shortened URL to a QR code? From there, you could print the code on the back of a business card or just entertain your friends while they commute!

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If you’ve had a great idea for using BridgeURL, please let us know in the comments!

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  1. MAK @ MAKTIG.vc
    December 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    http://brief.ly offers much better service and more useful features as well.

    Give it a try.

  2. Aibek
    November 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Sometimes comments take a while to show up.

    There are also cases when comments get pushed to spam and becomes very hard for us to find them there. That being said, we try to make sure every single comment (other than spam and abusive ones) get published.

  3. DG
    November 23, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I'm chill man. (And BTW, no one has chill pills anymore. You can maybe pick some up on a vintage shop, but you got to really look for them.)

    I've posted comments on MakeUseOf many times, and never had a comment taken so long to show up. So I wasn't out of line being suspicious and I wasn't rude. My query was pointed, but restrained.

    To be honest, I wasn't expecting this 2nd follow comment to go online. I was simply trying to reach Angela. I thought maybe it would prompt the original comment to get (re)reviewed, but didn't predict both would go online.

  4. Angela Alcorn
    November 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Hey crum.pl looks pretty cool too. I like the Web Of Trust usage. Thanks!

  5. Angela Alcorn
    November 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Yeah, Bit.ly started offering a multiple URL service just after I wrote this article. I'm glad more people are going to be able to use services like this!

  6. venkat
    November 21, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Bit.ly now offering this service as Bit.ly bundles to users.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      Yeah, Bit.ly started offering a multiple URL service just after I wrote this article. I'm glad more people are going to be able to use services like this!

      • DG
        November 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

        You must wield greater influence than you think :-)

        • Angela Alcorn
          November 24, 2010 at 12:44 am

          Heh - I don't think so. :)

  7. DG
    November 21, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Angela, can you tell me why you (or someone) censored my comments?

    Do you simply not approve comments that contain minor criticisms and may have a different opinion? Are you shilling for bridgeurl and refuse to let people mention similar products?

    These aren't accusations, these are questions. I'm simply trying to grasp your reasoning. If there is another reason, please let me know. However, if those are the reasons, its good to know for future reference that is how MakeUseOf operates, however disappointing it is.

    If you have trouble replying directly, you can reach me at http://ContactByWeb.com/dgscripts

    To remind you of my comment, I wrote:

    "Completely new level"? "revolutionary game-changer"? Erm... Pretty sure I've seen multiple link shortening services listed on MakeUseOf before and probably not hard to find more.

    The one that I always use is http://crum.pl (read it like "crumple"). You got to use the multi-link mode: http://crum.pl/multi

    It also has a "open all links" option. As a bonus, it shows a WOT (Web of Trust) score next to each link.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Take a chill pill and relax. Comments are moderated to weed out all the spam and sometimes it takes a while for comments to appear on the page. No-one is censoring you.

      • DG
        November 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

        I'm chill man. (And BTW, no one has chill pills anymore. You can maybe pick some up on a vintage shop, but you got to really look for them.)

        I've posted comments on MakeUseOf many times, and never had a comment taken so long to show up. So I wasn't out of line being suspicious and I wasn't rude. My query was pointed, but restrained.

        To be honest, I wasn't expecting this 2nd follow comment to go online. I was simply trying to reach Angela. I thought maybe it would prompt the original comment to get (re)reviewed, but didn't predict both would go online.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      We don't censor comments here. Sorry it took a while to show up!

    • Aibek
      November 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Sometimes comments take a while to show up.

      There are also cases when comments get pushed to spam and becomes very hard for us to find them there. That being said, we try to make sure every single comment (other than spam and abusive ones) get published.

  8. venkat
    November 21, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Bit.ly now offering this service as Bit.ly bundles to users.

  9. DG
    November 20, 2010 at 5:14 am

    http://crum.pl also does multiple links, but it shows a Web of Trust score next to each link.

  10. DG
    November 20, 2010 at 5:12 am

    "Completely new level"? "revolutionary game-changer"? Erm... Pretty sure I've seen multiple link shortening services listed on MakeUseOf before and probably not hard to find more.

    The one that I always use is http://crum.pl (read it like "crumple"). You got to use the multi-link mode: http://crum.pl/multi

    It also has a "open all links" option. As a bonus, it shows a WOT (Web of Trust) score next to each link.

  11. DG
    November 20, 2010 at 4:12 am

    "Completely new level"? "revolutionary game-changer"? Erm... Pretty sure I've seen multiple link shortening services listed on MakeUseOf before and probably not hard to find more.

    The one that I always use is http://crum.pl (read it like "crumple"). You got to use the multi-link mode: http://crum.pl/multi

    It also has a "open all links" option. As a bonus, it shows a WOT (Web of Trust) score next to each link.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Hey crum.pl looks pretty cool too. I like the Web Of Trust usage. Thanks!

  12. catalin
    November 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    lots of links also on http://cretescu.com/

  13. Vivek barun
    November 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    This is very nice. Can be very useful if used properly...
    Thanks

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

      You're welcome. I think it could have some excellent applications. Let us know what you come up with!

  14. Anonymous
    November 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Ooo ooo, I know; pick a collection of URL's that contain trojans, privacy-busting sites and plain spam and call it something enticing and send it to lots of people! ;)

    • DG
      November 20, 2010 at 4:14 am

      http://crum.pl also does multiple links, but it shows a Web of Trust score next to each link.

      • Aibek
        November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

        thanks for share

      • MAK @ MAKTIG.vc
        December 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

        http://brief.ly offers much better service and more useful features as well.

        Give it a try.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

      I'm sure the spammers have thought of that too. But, thankfully, so has BridgeURL. :)

  15. Vivek barun
    November 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    This is very nice. Can be very useful if used properly...
    Thanks

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