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See real web addresses before clicking any short url

See real web addresses before clicking any short url

by Lee Hopkins on December 31, 2008

in tools

LongURLPlease helps you see what those tiny urls are REALLY pointing at

From that font of wisdom and knowledge about computers and software, Amit Agarwal, comes word that LongURLPlease has a fabulous bookmarklet for your browser (any browser).

As Amit says:

Let’s say you land on a web page that has tons of links but they are all encoded with services like tinyurl, ping.fm, bit.ly, is.gd, etc. so you have no clue about where those links may lead you to? The TinyURL service does offer a preview feature but most would agree that its too time consuming.


When you click this bookmarklet link in your browser, all short URLs on the current web page will be replaced with the original URLs so you don’t have to worry about getting into embarrassing situations anymore. The same solution will work in Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and other browsers.

Mighty handy news, Amit – and fantastic news about the same feature going into the next build of my favourite newsreader, FeedDemon.

Oh, and if you are wondering who Amit is: Amit has appeared on TV and radio channels including BBC, CNN IBN, CNBC, NDTV, Star TV, ETV and Blog TV Singapore. He was featured on the cover page of The Week magazine. Microsoft awarded him the "Most Valuable Professional" status for 2007 and 2008. HT mentioned him as "founder of the Indian blogging revolution."

He’s also the one blogger I turn to for insights into software that will make my blogging and consulting life easier. Plus he’s a bloomin’ nice bloke, too, as my treasured private correspondences with him over the last few years can attest!

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