What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. As a signed up user I can produce custom, shortened URLs that people can really spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs offered by those services are constantly long and incoherent..
Applications for Education.
Structure good digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everyone must be helping our students do. Showing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can help our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.
There is a simple way 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 add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.
You can try this technique with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly to a copy of the slides that I utilized my recent Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my initial discussion URL and see when I created the shortened URL..
Watch this short video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. It has actually been used without authorization if you see it somewhere else. Sites that routinely steal my (Richard Byrnes) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is a simple method to rapidly 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 initial URL was.