Cost – free
Bitly allows you to create a short link and assign a name to it. You can use it online here. It is also available as an app on the iphone and ipad.
Account – sign up wiht your email address or sign in using your Facebook or twitter accounts
When you come across a very long link copy it and open bitly. Paste the long link into the ‘shorten’ box at the top of the bitly page.
A short link is created that is much easier to use and share.
An example is that this long link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014 can be shortened to this short link http://bit.ly/1uc46RY
In addition a long link can be both shortened and renamed when you are logged into to your bitly account.
An example is this long link https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-behaviour-and-attendance-in-schools can be shortened and renamed to this http://bit.ly/behandatt
Using a bitly account
You can sign into bitly using existing accounts such as Facebook or Twitter or you can create a separate bitly account. When you are signed in you can customise the names of your shortlinks as above.
You can also collect and group your shortlinks into bitly bundles – these are some of mine:
Here is a link to one of my bundles – Education blogs
This tool makes the collection, organisation and sharing of groups of links easy. it is especially useful in the module PDT 3003 Debates to prevent long links widening the discussion board screen.
If you have made an interesting bitly bundle please share it as a comment below.