Alternatives to Google Url Shortener

About a year ago, Google announced they would be shutting down their URL shortener service March 30, 2019. has been around since 2009. This is unfortunate because so many people rely on for creating short links. is a good choice if you need to shorten a few URLs, but once you go over the free plan (10,000 a month), you have to upgrade to their enterprise edition which cost around $1,000 a month.

Fortunately, there are a few free options such as tinyurl,,, and Also, there are extensions such as Link Shortener, that allow you to shorten links in one click using multiple different shorteners. If you have a need to shorten URLs, give  Link Shortener a try!

How to Manually Update Google Chrome Extensions

Chrome is my browser of choice primarily because of the speed and extensions. Extensions allow you to extend the functionality of your browser. One of my favorites is Weather Extension.

I often have users asking how to get updates immediately. For the most part, extensions should auto-update pretty regularly but in some cases, you may want to manually choose when you update an extension. Luckily chrome makes this easy.  Read More