8.1.14

Some Like it Short #IWSG

Welcome to the first meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the notorious Alex. J. Cavanaugh and now with its very own supportive IWSG website.

I hope this day finds you all well and with your 2014 off to a great start. Today I want to share something I recently learned about. Since social networking is an inextricable part of being a writer these days, we often find ourselves with a reallllly long link that we very much wish to shorten. I've used Hootsuite up until now to pre-shorten, but sometimes that's a pain, so I was thrilled to learn an easier way.

Now, it's quite possible that everyone else already knows about this, BUT I was able to amaze and impress my teenaged children (not an easy thing to do) with this newfound knowledge, so maybe I'm not so far behind...and if I am, just humor me, eh?

Did you know that to get a shortened url, all you have to do is type goo.gl into the search bar, then past your long-arse url into the space indicated, click "Shorten url", and BOOM! You've got a short url that you can use to do whatever it is you want a short url for. For example, if one wanted, one could use the url shortener to put together a Tweetable that they ask their blog visitors to Tweet...like-a dis:

"The way new adult should be" "Charming, light-hearted story with some steam!" Three Daves by @NickiElson3D http://goo.gl/mrwgr1

*whistles and looks around innocently*

Please visit Alex and the IWSG website to learn more about this group and find links to more Insecure Writers.



20 comments:

Liz Blocker said...

Ok, I did NOT know that. That's so awesome!!! I use bitly and buffer to shorten URLs (and, ostensibly to track clicks...except that I always forget to read the stats!!) but this seems super easy. Thanks for the tip!

Danni Foley said...

I like to think I'm pretty internet savvy, but even I didn't know that one! Thanks for the tip ^.^

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Jennifer Lane said...

I didn't know that either!

Tweeted. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I knew about tinyurl.com but not that one!

Brandon Ax said...

That is cool. I wish I was more savvy about this stuff, but I learn what I can.

Isis Rushdan said...

Lol. Too cute. Will try to hit twitter for you today. Also, I didn't know about the url.

Michelle Wallace said...

You are smart!
I didn't know that. Actually, I don't know lots of things... what is Hootsuite and Tweetable...?

Stephen Tremp said...

I didn't know that. I use tinyurl.com but will check this one out. Learn something new every day. Thanks!

S.K. Anthony said...

I use bitly to shorten the url, I didn't know about goo.gl…I had seen it around but never knew how to get it. Thanks :D

Cherie Colyer said...

Oh, I like that! I've used bitly before, but this is even easier. Thanks for the tip!

Johanna Garth said...

Didn't know that. How very cool!

stu said...

I certainly never knew that.

Janie Junebug said...

I didn't know that. Thank you.

Love,
Janie

M. J. Joachim said...

Well, that's a new one on me! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Flanders said...

I didn't know this! I'm actually so pathetic that I didn't know you could shorten links with Hootsuite. I keep meaning to figure out how to use Hootsuite LOL.
Thanks for sharing this tip, Nicki!

Deborah Osborne said...

Oh, top tip! Making a note of that. Thanks Nicki.

Morgan said...

Very cool! I did not know!

Tara Tyler said...

co.ol!
always looking for a tip! thanks!

glad youre off to a good start in 2014!

happy monday!

readfaced said...

Thanks for the tip. I just added goo.gl to my favorites list.

Leanne ( http://read.wordpress.com )

LD Masterson said...

Very cool. Thanks for the tip.