Bitly! The URL diet!

Food for Twitter birdies...a bitly fish!

You know how you want to share a link on twitter but you only have about 140 characters and we all know links take up more than this at times…

So as a media miser, I’m learning new things all the time. This gigantic world of the web has plenty to offer and I feel that each day I’m solving problems one click at a time.

So bitly solved my lack of character dilemma..

– Have you heard of bitly?

– Whats that?

– Have you heard of it?

– Is it like mxit?

– Answer the dam question!

– No…I haven’t heard of bitly.

– Great! Let me tell you about it.

Bitly is a URL shorterner which allows you to copy and paste a regular link onto its site, and it’ll automatically shorten it. This lets you share links on twitter without taking up too many characters.

Bitly can transform this…

….into this!


Bitly is a New York company founded by Neil Wehrle, Jason Morrow and Rex Dixo and has been operating on micro blogging sites such as twitter since 2009.

There is also bitly tv! This is what it’s about page has to say about it!

“For a while now, as we’ve watched grow to more than 2 billion clicks a month, we’ve thought about the best way to surface our “top bits” — the most interesting, most quickly-trending links across the whole of the service. We decided to start with a bite-sized approach. Our second Labs project showcases the most viral videos shared on We call it TV is like the internet itself. There are parts of it that are terribly serious and important — like the footage of students battling the basiji on the streets of Tehran — alongside other bits, like the upside-down French bulldog puppy and the Ukelele kid, meant to surprise and delight.

The videos on are sorted by what we call “bitrank”. This is a proprietary algorithm that goes beyond just the number of clicks on the associated link to include retweets and other social gestures, as well as the number of times other users have shortened and shared the same video. We also filter for spam, inappropriate content, and other content types that we feel my offend the community.”

Anyone who uses can be featured in TV. The best way to ensure your videos are added is via the Facebook share specifications. If you have any questions about TV, feel free to contact us, we welcome your input!”

It’s basically a sharing site for videos and interesting clips.

Bitly TV

Bitly news is another member of the bitly family which shows popular trending topics on facebook and twitter, depending on how many clicks it has received. Bitly news is based on the same concept as hacker news.


About nicobaleng

My paradoxical love for the web is feeling immense freedom while confined to a seated position behind a desk. This is what the world wide web has to offer. Learning about the latest technological toys or playing around with programs sounds like nerds-play, but once you start exploring, the pc monitor in front of you becomes less and less intimidating. Tracked and documented I will share the journey of an average Joe like me, moving up toward achieving a black belt in web design! KAPOW!

Posted on May 9, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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