Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Goo.gl - A New Url Shortening Website (Thanks LifeHacker)


I read the LifeHacker website on a weekly basis and recently the website focused on Goo.gl (http://lifehacker.com/5791974/googl-url-shortener-adds-easier-copying-better-dashboard-controls), a new url shortener website on Google. This seems like a great opportunity for those of us who regularly use bit.ly or tinyurl.com for links in our online and/or face-to-face classrooms.


I always place a tinyurl link (after testing the link) beside each of the external links on Blackboard. Since every browser and every computer is different, this enables the students to access the links when clicking the link will not work for the student.

For example:

Action Item - Read COMS 101 Notes - http://www.tinyurl.com/COMS101CH1

Since I am a big fan of Google AND Tinyurl, I think this new Google Service might work for some instructors who wish to use a certain link, but the link title is already taken by another user. For example, if I needed http://www.tinyurl.com/COMS101SpeechNotes and the link was always taken on Tinyurl, I can use the COMS101SpeechNotes link on Goo.gl.

I hope this helps someone! Read the LifeHacker blog for more information...


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

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