What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive used for lots of years. As a signed up user I can develop custom-made, reduced URLs that individuals can really spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs supplied by those services are incoherent and constantly long..

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for lots of years. There is an easy way to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.

Applications for Education.
Structure excellent digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everyone must be assisting our trainees do. Revealing them little tips like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is among the methods that we can help our students build their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.

Not all Bitly users are using them for great factors. Some individuals utilize them to hide dubious links. There is a simple method to rapidly 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 instead of to whatever the initial URL was. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the shortened 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 straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized 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..
See this brief video to see how you can use the “+” trick to learn whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

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