Which URL Shortener is best?

When at conferences and other learning events, I see lots of people using a variety of different URL Shorteners and QR Code creators. Β I started to wonder… which is the best? Β Here’s a chart to help you decide…

After the chart, my conclusions and thoughts…

bitly goo.gl



QR Codes πŸ˜” πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ˜”
Customize Links πŸ‘ πŸ˜” πŸ‘ πŸ‘
Stores your shortened URLs πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ˜”
See URL use Statistics πŸ‘Β (their analytics are richer) πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ˜”
Edit destination link after creation? πŸ˜” πŸ˜” πŸ‘ πŸ˜”
Edit shortened link after creation? πŸ˜” πŸ˜” πŸ‘ πŸ˜”
IFTTT Integration? πŸ‘ πŸ˜” πŸ˜” πŸ˜”
Chrome Extension or Bookmarklet? Both Both Bookmarklet Bookmarklet (also some unofficial Chrome Extensions)
Mobile App? iOS & Android Unofficial ones on Android & iOS πŸ˜” πŸ˜”
Option to Preview Links to make sure they’re safe? πŸ‘ (add a + to the end of the link) πŸ‘ (add + to the end of the link πŸ‘ (add an = sign to the end of the tiny.cc link) πŸ‘ (add β€œpreview” in front of tiny.url)
Subdirectory forwarding? πŸ˜” πŸ˜” πŸ‘ πŸ‘

My Conclusion:Β Years ago, I used TinyURL, but it clearly now is the inferior option. Β Most people use Goo.gl, but I think it’s clear that it’s the 3rd best of this crew (no link customization!? Β Really, Google!?).

The decision comes down to Bitly or TinyCC. Β Based on the chart above, I think that TinyCC gets the edge. Β However, I’ve been a Bitly user for a few years and I love their interface & analytics. Β I’m not sure if I can quit Bitly. Β However, if you’re a QR Code person (I’m not) – TinyCC is the clear winner.

If you notice something inaccurate in this post or the chart above – please comment below or message me @JakeMillerTech so that I can fix it!

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Jake Miller

Jake is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and is the Lead Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in Ohio's Orange City Schools. In the past he taught STEM, Science & Math in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio, where he was also a leader in the district's Technology Leadership Team and a co-advisor for the middle school's STEM Club. He has been an educator since 2003. His Bachelor's Degree is in middle-level education (math/science) from the University of Akron and his Master's Degree is in Instructional Technology from Kent State University. He has enjoyed providing more than 100 professional development opportunities at conferences and school districts across the state of Ohio. He is very involved in Twitter (@JakeMillerTech) and provides regular pointers for educators with his #GAFETip tweets.