Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Gmail URL Shortener


URL shorteners are a useful tool when sending emails. Not only are long links unsightly, they often break inside email clients becoming useless. I use Gmail for my email client and was delighted to see that bit.ly introduced an application that provides a URL shortener right inside Gmail.

To install bit.ly's URL shortener:

  1. Go to Settings > Labs
  2. Scroll down to the very bottom and click the radio button to enable "Add any gadget by URL"
  3. Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page
  4. You should now have a gadgets tab at the top of the settings page. Click it.
  5. In the "Add a gadget by its URL:" box paste this link:
    http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/107368512201818821991/bitly-shortener.xml
  6. Congratulations you now have a URL shortener application right inside Gmail!

21 comments:

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Adam Lasnik said...

I think this is really neat! What would make it even better would be a small extra text field allowing us to customize the URL. I find this feature to be very useful (and important) for me, because it helps me remember frequently-typed URLs.

Thanks for taking this into consideration for v2 of this handy Gmail gadget :)

Adam Lasnik said...

Oops, I'm a dodobrain. Just realized that you're not bit.ly, but rather reporting on their new gadget. Sorry for the confusion.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I use the gadget and it's really great!

But I have a little comment... the default font when I wrote an email is Sans Serif and Normal Size. In the meantime, when I copy-paste the links than the gadget produce, the font is Serif and Large Size (to put the link as default font, I have to chose Sans Serif and after Normal size because the text is too big).

Am I the only one in this situation?

Than you

Oscar said...

Please do it smaller, just like a tiny field :)

Tom said...

Is there a way for the shortened urls to be linked to your own bit.ly account? I like being able to review my past shortened urls.

KirkMahoney.com said...

Ditto what Tom said! -- an ability to tie the gadget to one's bit.ly account

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Lans McDermott said...

The kind of a "feature" that sounds cool for about 5 minutes, then you revert to your old functionality of pressing a letter in the URL and having the shortened URL in your clipboard automatically. Seriously, just because a gadget can be written doesn't mean it should be..like Firefox extensions a lot of this functionality is utterly useless. Happy 2009 everyone.

Andrew said...

I like this gadget a lot. Thanks so much!

One Creative Queen said...

Thank you for making this so easy, even those of us who are totally illiterate in this stuff can understand! Great job to you and Bit.ly!

R. Richard Hobbs said...

works great - thx! :)

Eddy S said...

Why limited only to gmail? I am using http://z.pe bookmarklet and I can shorten URL from any website with a click.
Also bit.ly is 2 characters extra. Well, may be it's not a problem but there are cases when even 1 character count

jeffsf said...

Sorry to be stupid, but after you've added it, how do you USE it? Where is the button, menu item, etc. that you use to engage it?

ADRIAN'S BLOG said...

Great gadget I love it. I'm already installed in My Gmail.Thanks for this Gadget.

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