Sharing links with your friends or acquaintances is a common task, but a long URL might not be accepted in a post on Twitter or other similar services that limit the number of characters a message can have. There are various URL shortening services and applications that can help you overcome this issue and one of the most popular and widely used is bit.ly.
bit.ly offers its users an official extension for Google Chrome, which allows them to transform their links within the browser with just a few clicks, without even having to access the bit.ly website.
Based on the bit.ly and the j.mp APIs, the extension is capable of significantly reducing the length of any webpage link, enabling you to safely share interesting URLs you might stumble upon.
The setup process is a bit tricky, as you must drag and drop the downloaded CRX file within the 'Extensions' tab of Chrome and allow it to access your data. Once installed, a new button is displayed in the browser toolbar, allowing you to fully enjoy the functionality offered by the well-known URL redirection service, provided you have a bit.ly account.
In order to shorten a link, you must navigate to the desired webpage and press the button. For your convenience, the generated URL can be automatically copied to the clipboard.
bit.ly can be set to notify you about links you posted online that are intensely accessed, as well as display a preview of the link on the webpages you navigate to, in order to take a look at the page before accessing it.
To sum up, bit.ly helps Chrome users share their links much easier. Relying on the power of one of the most used link-sharing platforms, the extension can be of great use for those who use Chrome on a daily basis.
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