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, 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 “” or “” before the URL in the address bar.

So, for example if the URL is “” you would type in “” or “”.

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Then hit the Enter key.

Depending on whether you used “” or “” you will be taken to the respective page from where you can copy the shortened URL. - shortened - shortened

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

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Abhiroop Basu

Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something, he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye.

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