Web ApplicationsHow can I use the shortener service?
[+13] [9] Oscar Reyes
[2010-06-30 21:54:28]
[ url-shortening ]

I've seen links using it, but I can't find my way around on how to use it.

The page [1] says:

Google URL Shortener is currently available for Google products and not for broader consumer use.

What Google products are they talking about? How can I use it?


Well, is now public!

(2) just went public today. - grokus
I think you have a typo in there. "Google is now public", and not "is not public". - Daniel Vassallo
@Daniel ooops, you're right, that's what I meant, thanks! - Oscar Reyes
[+10] [2010-10-01 04:44:17] Chris

It is public as of today.

Just goto and it should be self explanatory from there.

Add .qr to get a QR Code for the link

Add .info to get statistics for that link

[+9] [2010-06-30 21:57:27] x3ja

The only one I'm aware of is the Chrome extension for URL Shortening [1].


[+6] [2010-06-30 21:58:10] Daniel Vassallo

You can definitely use it with the URL Shortener Chrome Extension [1].

Here's this page shortened, as evidence:

In addition, quoting the Official Google Blog [2] (December 2009):

Google URL shortener is not a stand-alone service; you can't use it to shorten links directly. Currently, Google URL Shortener is only available from the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner. If the service proves useful, we may eventually make it available for a wider audience in the future.


[+3] [2010-06-30 21:59:05] Anthony Mastrean

There is a Firefox add-on. lite [1]


[+3] [2010-07-07 13:52:55] Al Everett [ACCEPTED]

Since Feedburner is using it when it posts to Twitter for me, I also like to use it when I post a link in Twitter directly. In addition to the Chrome extension, there is a bookmarklet for getting a URL that works well:


Update: As noted in Chris' answer [1], the service now has a web front-end for all to use.


[+2] [2010-06-30 21:59:00] Julien Nicoulaud

They are talking about Feedburner for example, which sortens URLs with when it posts to Twitter.

[0] [2010-07-07 19:07:36] Kevin Y

There's also a Safari 5 extension here [1]. Alternatively, this extension [2] will shorten to,, or depending on the website you're trying to shorten.


[0] [2010-10-01 04:17:36] J. Pablo Fernández

Shareaholic for Google Chrome [1] creates short links too.


[-2] [2010-06-30 21:56:45] Vagnerr

I think its just internal to Google at the moment. I think you will need to wait a little while

No it's not... see other answers - x3ja
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I've seen it in tweets from non-google employees. On the other hand twitter/google don't use it too much ( I wonder why ) ? - Oscar Reyes
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