What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for many years. As a registered user I can create custom, reduced URLs that individuals can in fact spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs provided by those services are incoherent and always long..

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Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is an easy method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was.

Applications for Education.
Structure excellent digital citizenship and cyber security skills is something that everybody should be helping our students do. Showing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the manner ins which we can assist our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.

There is a simple method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The trick is to merely add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
You can try this technique with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I used 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 created the shortened URL..
See this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

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