What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive utilized for several years. As a registered user I can create custom-made, shortened URLs that people can really spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs offered by those services are incoherent and always long..

Applications for Education.
Building excellent digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everybody must be helping our students do. Revealing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is among the ways that we can assist our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.

Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive utilized for numerous years. There is a simple method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without really clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.

Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are utilizing them for good factors. Some individuals utilize them to conceal dubious links. Luckily, there is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The trick is to merely 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. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the reduced URL is hosted and will show you what the initial link was..
You can try this technique with a URL that I recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly to a copy of the slides that I used in my current Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my initial presentation URL and see when I developed the shortened URL..
See this short video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to discover whats hidden behind a Bitly link..

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