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Twitter's limitation on the number of charachters you can use in a tweet created a need for link shorteners like tinyurl and others.
In a nutshell, you can take a big long web address and shrink it to something short. Example: The link to this B&B website section of this forum is https://www.innspiring.com/forum/bnb-websites but using a url shortener it can become goo.gl/PsBw
Google has come out with their own link shortener and if you use a shortener, I suggest using the google version for the following reasons.
  1. It is fast.... Google's infrastructure for speed is second to none.
  2. STATS - If you create the short link by going to goo.gl while you are logged in to your google account, it will let you track stats on how often the link was clicked.
  3. They 301 redirect the link so it passes link credit properly
  4. Google isn't likely to go away.
  5. Google even creates a phone scanning image if you wanted to put it in print advertising
    (not critical for most B&B's but still interesting and forward thinking)
So if you use url shorteners, I suggest switching to using goo.gl
 

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I thank you. I use hootsuite, and it also provides stats, but using a google product is always my preferred method. Appreciate it!
 

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Question, do you know if you can add this to your toolbar? I am reading the HELP to try to find out.
 

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Question, do you know if you can add this to your toolbar? I am reading the HELP to try to find out..
There is a button you can add to your google toolbar http://www.google.com/gadgets/directory?synd=toolbar&q=goo.gl&hl=en&gl=
 

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Question, do you know if you can add this to your toolbar? I am reading the HELP to try to find out..
Here is an extention for Chrome
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/iblijlcdoidgdpfknkckljiocdbnlagk
 

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Tah, I got it now.

Now I can post "READ OUR REVIEWS ON TA" on twitter easily enough and see who reads them.
 
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