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.
T.ly is now live and is currently the default URL shortener for the extension. It is a shorter domain than other popular services such as bit.ly. Stats are also being tracked for each shortened URL by adding a + sign to the end of a short URL. This feature mimics goo.gl stats. There is also an API for the service which allows users to use the service in their own applications. To get an API Key, register here.
In the future, I plan to add more features such as:
- Expire links by date/clicks
- Update links redirect URL
- Custom link endings
- Custom domains