Would you use Googles link shortener service?

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  1. Andym

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    Google has now successfully launched their link shortener service. So far most of the users preferred Bit.ly on social networks and also for tracking the click counts.

    Google will also show you statistics of the links clicked. Now this is what makes it interesting for us. I believe Google is a more reliable source than Bit.ly is, in terms of statistics. Therefore, I've thought of using the Google link shortener service instead of Bit.ly. However, I want you to share your perspective & experiences before making a choice.
     
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    I'm very happy with Bit.ly, which also provides statistics. I'm not sure that I see a need to change. Andy is there anything specific about the stats from Goo.gl that you feel is better than Bit.ly, and makes it worth switching over?
     
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    I didn't know it's already open to public. I have already been using this via Feedburner syndication on Twitter.
     
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    That URL shortener has been out a while
    http://googlesocialweb.blogspot.com/2010/09/google-url-shortener-gets-website.html

    but I'm with Fergal, I like bit.ly as well for a few reasons.
    1. it has statistics that are easy to read the stats on any url
    2. it has a nice toolbar widget, I just like how it looks
    3. it's a native option is most twitter apps now

    With that said, I don't see a problem using Google's URL as well, just the bit.ly setup I have is easier for me
     
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    I don't use any link shortening service. If a link is very long, I will use anchor text to cover up the longness of the text. :)
     
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    You can't do such things on something like Twitter or Facebook.

    I do use it from time to time.
     
  7. Kay

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    My theme automatically posts new threads on Twitter using the goo.gl url shortener anyway. Before I had that I always used tinyurl and have more or less stuck with that ever since for any other Tweets. It always did what I needed it to do so I'd stick with it. To be honest I didn't even know bit.ly tracked clicks.
     
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    Is that via Feedburner?
     
  9. Andym

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    I tried using both, I think the click counts is more reliable of Google than of Bit.ly.
    The number of clicks that Bit.ly shows is comparatively always very less. I suggest to use both the services & then make a judgment.
     
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    Thanks Andym, funny you should mention that about bit.ly, I've sometimes noticed that the traffic I was getting from a link posted on Twitter, appeared to be much more than the number of clicks reported by Bit.ly.
     
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    I try on it, cant see any significant improvement by using the shortener service.
    So, i no more using it now
     
  12. Chris M Olive

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    I will try Google link shortener service.... Thanks....
     

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