Snippet: Quickly Shorten Links from Address Bar

With so many blogs and websites floating around on my address bar everyday, I find myself sending more and more “shortened” URLs to my friends. Generally the process is a bit of a pain as I have to first I have to copy the URL from the address bar, then I need to go to a URL shortening website (such as bit.ly), then I need to paste the URL into the input field and finally I receive a shortened URL.

To cut down on all these steps, all you have to do is type in “bit.ly/” or “j.mp/” before the URL in the address bar.

So, for example if the URL is “http://twitter.com” you would type in “bit.ly/http://twitter.com” or “j.mp/http://twitter.com”.

chrome - address_bar

Then hit the Enter key.

Depending on whether you used “bit.ly/” or “j.mp/” you will be taken to the respective page from where you can copy the shortened URL.

bit.ly - shortened

j.mp - shortened

That’s it! You are now free to share the shortened URL.

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