Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to preview bitly shorten URL before actually clicking/visiting the site

Mostly sites like twitter have length restriction on URLs so you will see bitly links being shared.

Sometimes it is not safe to just blindly click the shortened link (specially if you are not sure about the source). In such case you can follow the below method to first get an idea of where the link will take you

1. Add "+" sign at the end of bitly address. For example if you want to check out
http://bit.ly/10RSmFM , 
just type
to see where it points.

2. Alternatively you can type http://bit.ly/info/10RSmFM (i.e. add "info" in between).

Similar trick works for google shortened URL

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