With people up-in-arms over the more difficult, less user-friendly Bitly today, i felt like a good time to point out a great alternative URL shortener that you can switch to if Bitly�s got you down.
URL shorteners tend to be pretty much a requirement today, on both social media as well as blogging platforms. As opposed to sharing bulky links that eat aside at your space, it is possible to share 20 character, bite-sized shortened links that provide commenting, retweeting & blogging relaxed.
Bitly was (and still will be, but for how long will be debatable) the go-to Web address shortener for the vast majority of Twitter users. It was typically the most popular and thus the most trustworthy, and links shorter with Bitly would observe more clicks than others shortened with other providers.
I�m using the past-tense when talking regarding Bitly here because they lately changed their entire user experience to make it much, more difficult to shorten hyperlinks. Rather than a one- to two- simply click process, users will have to navigate through a labyrinth of buttons and new terms (Bitmarks? Notes? Bundles?) before they get their pretty reduced URL.
And this signifies lots of users will be looking for alternatives. Here are my favorite Bitly alternatives, in simply no particular order. All of them are quite popular, safe, and provide features like stats, tracking, and integration with some of the most-used Facebook dashboards.
Ow.ly is actually HootSuite�s URL shortener. You can use it from within the HootSuite dashboard using a single click, or even as a stand-alone URL shortener. It takes a bit more time compared to some of the other shorteners as you have to enter a captcha when you shorten a link outside the HootSuite dashboard, but this entails that it�s a more secure shortening service compared to some of the others.
Su.pr is StumbleUpon�s established URL shortener. It is really a dashboard/URL shortener hybrid, as it allows you to not only shorten links, but to schedule across multiple social networks and observe traffic, retweets, clicks and much more.
Its.gd a fairly new player about the game of shorteners are will take it from the easy side. Its.gd is easy to use, and allows custom URLs in which replace the random figures of shortened URLs with text based on you. The website is a total kicker and tends to make me smile every time I visit these.