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Bre.ad Launches URL Shortener That Wants To Be Your Own “Personal Bilboard”

June 14th, 2011 06:06 admin View Comments

Part of the series of music and entertainment related startups backed by Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, Bre.ad is a URL shortner that hopes to be your own personal billboard. The concept behind Bre.ad is that users can create “toasts,” or their own personalized advertisements for causes, brands or themselves and gain exposure for those toasts by shortening and sharing links using the service (for example). Users can also choose to share other people’s toasts through the site.

Users who sign up for an account on Bre.ad.com can upload their custom image and message and can shorten a link with Bre.ad by either typing Bre.ad/ in front of the or using the interface on the site. When users share the link on Facebook and Twitter, their friends and followers will see their “toasts,” or the Bre.ad billboards, for five seconds when they click on the link. Users can also follow people on Bre.ad to keep tabs on their link sharing activity onsite.

Founder Alan Chan tells me that despite a glutted URL shortener market, demand for a platform that allows you to market products through sharing links is high and 10 K people signed up in the first four days. Beta users shared a Bre.ad link every 10 to 15 minutes on Twitter and the initial beta testing crop included Lady Gaga, and 50 Cent.

While there are plenty of alternative URL shorteners such as Bit.ly and Goo.gl and even Twitter’s own offering, Chan says that the competitive advantage of Bre.ad is the digital billboard/ad part, what he calls a “visual extension of your Twitter feed.” He likens the startup to cross between About.me and Bit.ly

Chan hopes eventually to monetize the service by providing premium features like user acquisition analytics, optimization and other perks to people who want to promote content through the URL shortener, “If you’re a clothing company you can put your messaging in front of a cool music video … If I’m following you then I care about the things you care about, it’ s like a visual tweet at that point.”

Source: Bre.ad Launches URL Shortener That Wants To Be Your Own “Personal Bilboard”

Let Me Goo.gl These New Features For You

April 13th, 2011 04:55 admin View Comments


Back in September, Google formally launched goo.gl, the official URL shortener from the tech giant. The service first went into operation late in 2009 and was tied to Google’s own products, like Google Toolbar, but now it’s a direct competitor to the myriad consumer-focused shorteners, the most famous of which is bit.ly. Today, goo.gl has announced a handful of new features that should make fans of the service happy.

First up is easier copy and pasting — after you submit a link, Google will automatically highlight the resulting shortened URL, which means you can immediately hit Control-C to copy it. No, not a huge deal (and rivals like bit.ly already do the same thing), but if you use this as part of your workflow, you’ll appreciate it.

Next, you can now remove URLs that are shown on your dashboard. Again, another minor feature — but one that comes in handy if you’re a big Goo.gl user. As you use the service, it builds a list of URLs you’ve generated and displays how many clicks each has received. But that list got cluttered fast if you frequently used it. Now you’ll be able to highlight your most important links while hiding the ones that you don’t care so much about.

Google also goes out of its way to say that it has had zero downtime since the service launched in September, which is notable because URL shorteners are often criticized for adding additional latency and points of failure to the web.

Finally, you can now report spammy links. Hooray!

Source: Let Me Goo.gl These New Features For You

Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer

March 7th, 2011 03:10 admin View Comments

Google Visualization API logo Today Google announced the Google APIs Explorer, a Web-based interface for experimenting with the company’s various APIs. So far only seven APIs are supported, Google the company promises to add more soon.

The Explorer lets you select a supported service and view a list of supported methods. You can then select a method, fill in the parameters, execute the command and get the results. It seems like a great way to try out an API without writing code. Google’s announcement has a few sample requests to get started with.

Google API Explorer screenshot

The following APIs are currently supported:

  • Buzz APIs
  • CustomSearch API
  • Diacritize API
  • Moderator API
  • Search API for Shopping
  • Translate API
  • URL Shortener API

Google also launched an interface for working with the Google Apps API without writing code.

Source: Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer

D0z.me — the Evil URL Shortener

December 20th, 2010 12:52 admin View Comments

supernothing writes “DDoS attacks seem to be in vogue today, especially considering the skirmishes over WikiLeaks in the past few weeks. The size of a DDoS attacks, however, has historically been limited by how many computers one has managed to recruit into a botnet. These botnets almost universally require code to be executed on the participants’ local systems, whether they are willing or unwilling. A new approach has been emerging recently, however, which uses some simple JavaScript to achieve similar ends. d0z.me is a new service that utilizes these techniques, but provides a unique twist on the idea. Posing as a legitimate URL shortening service, it serves users the requested pages in an iFrame, while simultaneously participating in a DDoS attack in the background. No interaction is required beyond clicking the link and staying on the page. This makes it relatively trivial to quickly mount large-scale DDoS attacks, and affords willing participants plausible deniability in the assault.”

Source: D0z.me — the Evil URL Shortener

There’s Always A Bu.tt

October 30th, 2010 10:30 admin View Comments

This just landed in our inbox: a pitch for a new URL shortener with the slightly amusing name Bu.tt, which is of course described by its creator – John McKinnon – as a shortening service that “kicks it”.

If you think bit.ly or TinyURL or whichever service you fancy just seems too serious for certain linking occasions, Bu.tt is one way to get the job done.

And because it’s so cheeky (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), it’s bound to get you some attention, too. Say, isn’t that the reason why we share links in the first place?

Case in point: http://bu.tt/erface.

Source: There’s Always A Bu.tt

With Their Own QR Code Trick, Bit.ly Eats Google’s Balls

October 13th, 2010 10:35 admin View Comments

Back in April, Google added a very nifty feature to their URL shortener, goo.gl. If you simply add “.qr” to any shortened URL, you will be taken to a page with a QR code for that URL. If you scan that image with a QR code reader, it will take you to the link that was originally shortened. It’s a feature that’s so cool, Bit.ly decided to do the same thing — while taking a shot at Google at the same time.

Yes, just like with goo.gl, now you can add “.qr” to the end of any bit.ly link (including custom ones, like our own tcrn.ch) and you’ll be taken to a page with a QR code for that link. But look closely. Below the QR code, the Bit.ly fish is about to eat something — some colorful balls. You know, the same colorful balls associated with Google.

Bit.ly is clearly taking a shot at their rival, who entered the URL shortening game last December and two weeks ago opened their product to the public. Both now offer anyone on the web a simple way to shorten a link and get analytics on the usage of the link. Google says their version is the “stablest, most secure, and fastest URL shortener on the web.” Bit.ly, once again, is telling Google to suck.it.

Bit.ly also announced a new API contest today.

Source: With Their Own QR Code Trick, Bit.ly Eats Google’s Balls

Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

October 7th, 2010 10:56 admin View Comments

Hugh Pickens writes “BBC reports that Libyan government has removed an adult-friendly link-shortening service from the web, saying that it fell afoul of local laws in a crackdown that could come as a blow to other url shortening services such as bit.ly, which is particularly popular on Twitter where all messages have to be limited to 140 characters. ‘Other ly domains are being deregistered and removed without warning,’ says Co-founder of vb.ly Ben Metcalfe. ‘We eventually discovered that the domain has been seized because the content of our website, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law.’ Alaeddin ElSharif from NIC.ly, the body that controls Libyan web addresses, told vb.ly co-founder Violet Blue that a picture of her on the website had sparked the removal. ‘I think you’ll agree that a picture of a scantily clad lady with some bottle in her hand isn’t what most would consider decent or family friendly,’ says ElSharif. ‘While letters “vb” are quite generic and bear no offensive meaning in themselves, they’re being used as a domain name for an openly admitted “adult-friendly url shortener.” It is when you promote your site being solely for adult uses … that we as a Libyan registry have an issue.’”

Source: Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

October 7th, 2010 10:59 admin View Comments

Hugh Pickens writes “BBC reports that Libyan government has removed an adult-friendly link-shortening service from the web, saying that it fell afoul of local laws in a crackdown that could come as a blow to other url shortening services such as bit.ly, which is particularly popular on Twitter where all messages have to be limited to 140 characters. “Other ly domains are being deregistered and removed without warning.,” says Co-founder of vb.ly Ben Metcalfe.”We eventually discovered that the domain has been seized because the content of our website, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law.” Alaeddin ElSharif from NIC.ly, the body that controls Libyan web addresses, told vb.ly co-founder Violet Blue that a picture of her on the website had sparked the removal. “I think you’ll agree that a picture of a scantily clad lady with some bottle in her hand isn’t what most would consider decent or family friendly,” says ElSharif. “While letters ‘vb’ are quite generic and bear no offensive meaning in themselves, they’re being used as a domain name for an openly admitted ‘adult-friendly url shortener’. It is when you promote your site being solely for adult uses….that we as a Libyan registry have an issue.”"

Source: Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public

September 30th, 2010 09:42 admin View Comments

Anonymusing writes “Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right? Google seems to think to, and it’s making its own widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free. As noted on its blog: “There are many shorteners out there with great features, so some people may wonder whether the world really needs yet another. As we said late last year, we built goo.gl with a focus on quality. With goo.gl, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working. You also know that when you click a goo.gl shortened URL, you’re protected against malware, phishing and spam using the same industry-leading technology we use in search and other products.” Is bit.ly shaking in its boots?”

Source: Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public

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