Introducing T.ly

Over the past several months, I have been working on a Link Shortener Extension for Chome and Firefox which has grown to over 50,000 users! The feedback has been great and many users love how simple it is to shorten long links. The extension allows users to select their default shortener service such as T.ly, TinyUrl, Bit.ly, is.gd, To.ly, Cutt.ly, Brevis, Rebrandly, and Lnnkin. In one click, they can shorten a URL which then automatically copies to their clipboard in less than a second.

Since the creation of the extension, the goal has been to give users an alternative to goo.gl which shut down in March 2019. This has worked well but shortener services come and go. So to make the extension more stable, I needed to create my own URL shortener. Read More

Alternatives to Google Url Shortener

About a year ago, Google announced they would be shutting down their URL shortener service March 30, 2019. Goo.gl has been around since 2009. This is unfortunate because so many people rely on goo.gl for creating short links. Bit.ly 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 t.ly, tinyurl, is.gd, to.ly, and cutt.ly. 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