What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. There is an easy way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
Applications for Education.
Building excellent digital citizenship and cyber security skills is something that all of us ought to be assisting our trainees do. Revealing them little tips like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the manner ins which we can help our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive utilized for several years. As a registered user I can develop custom, reduced URLs that people can actually spell. I use these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation because the default URLs offered by those services are incoherent and constantly long..
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There is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The trick is to just include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was.
You can try this trick with a URL that I just recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly to a copy of the slides that I used my current Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my original discussion URL and see when I developed the reduced URL..
Watch this short video to see how you can use the “+” technique to discover out whats hidden behind a Bitly link..