When at conferences and other learning events, I see lots of people using a variety of different URL Shorteners and QR Code creators. I started to wonder… which is the best? Here’s a chart to help you decide…
After the chart, my conclusions and thoughts…
|Stores your shortened URLs||👍||👍||👍||😔|
|See URL use Statistics||👍 (their analytics are richer)||👍||👍||😔|
|Edit destination link after creation?||😔||😔||👍||😔|
|Edit shortened link after creation?||😔||😔||👍||😔|
|Chrome Extension or Bookmarklet?||Both||Both||Bookmarklet||Bookmarklet (also some unofficial Chrome Extensions)|
|Mobile App?||iOS & Android||Unofficial ones on Android & iOS||😔||😔|
|Option to Preview Links to make sure they’re safe?||👍 (add a + to the end of the link)||👍 (add + to the end of the link||👍 (add an = sign to the end of the tiny.cc link)||👍 (add “preview” in front of tiny.url)|
My Conclusion: Years ago, I used TinyURL, but it clearly now is the inferior option. Most people use Goo.gl, but I think it’s clear that it’s the 3rd best of this crew (no link customization!? Really, Google!?).
The decision comes down to Bitly or TinyCC. Based on the chart above, I think that TinyCC gets the edge. However, I’ve been a Bitly user for a few years and I love their interface & analytics. I’m not sure if I can quit Bitly. 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!