What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
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Applications for Education.
Structure good digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that all of us ought to be helping our trainees do. Revealing them little tips like this one to avoid clicking suspicious links is one of the ways that we can assist our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.
Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for many years. As a signed up user I can develop customized, shortened URLs that people can actually spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs offered by those services are incoherent and constantly long..
Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. There is a simple way to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was.
There is a simple way to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without really clicking on the link. The technique is to simply include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.
You can attempt this technique with a URL that I just recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly to a copy of the slides that I utilized in my recent Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my original presentation URL and see when I produced the shortened URL..
Enjoy this short video to see how you can use the “+” trick to find out whats hidden behind a Bitly link..