Shortening URL is a great way to share large URLs. There are many free URL shorteners. Even some shorteners (ie. AdFly) offer revenue to the users. But I simply hate them. Because it bores people. More than two years ago I wrote about Tiny URL. But do you know, Google has a shortener too?! Let's try . . .
Follow the above link and you will get the following view:
Now copy and paste your desired URL in the box and hit on the Shorten URL button. Immediately you will get a short URL in the right side.
Remember, if you are not signed in to your Google account, you have to enter captcha. But if you're signed in, you don't need to type captcha and a list of short URLs create by you will be kept in your account. You can also view the number of click on those short URLs!
In the list of short URL, you will get detailed analysis of each URL. How many clicks from where, which browser, which operating system etc.
This is my site's URL - http://www.markspcsolution.com/
This is short URL - goo.gl/H4ydU2
Have you noticed, just 06 characters after goo.gl. Previously it was only 05 characters. Whatever the size of URL, you will get a small URL.
Suppose, the URL of this post is as below -
And the short URL of this is here -
When someone clicks on the short URL, he will be redirected to the main URL within a very short time. When you're sharing a large URL via mobile text, it could be difficult for you to type when the copy paste option is not available. But you can share short URL anytime, anywhere. :)
Note: All goo.gl URLs are public and can be accessed by anyone.