What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. As a registered user I can produce customized, shortened URLs that individuals can in fact spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation due to the fact that the default URLs supplied by those services are constantly long and incoherent..

Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive utilized for lots of years. There is a simple way to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.

There is an easy method to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without really 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 redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the original 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 recent 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..
View this brief video to see how you can use the “+” trick to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

Applications for Education.
Building great digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that all of us should be assisting our students do. Revealing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the ways that we can help our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.

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