Link-shortening services: Dangerous or much needed?

4 thoughts on “Link-shortening services: Dangerous or much needed?”

  1. Great points in your blog and I concur with Anthony Ryan. I hate it when I click a shortened link on Twitter and see a huge sales pitch. When I find that repeatedly I unfollow. I don’t see it as much of a problem on Facebook, because you usually see the beginning of the article and there is the thumbnail.

    1. It’s so true! Marketers need to understand that 99.9% of the time, flashing marketing in my face when I thought I was going to get something else is only going to turn me off from your product/service. Marketing that works should be about authenticity!

  2. There are SO many choices! There are probably more link shortening choices than there are candy bars in a SUPER Walmart. But I digress. I do use a link shortener. I you Bit.ly , and ACTUALLY I use the “bitly sidebar”. It is immediately available when ever you might need it. Do I click on shortened links? If they are from someone I follow regularly, then I am more inclined to click. Full disclosure, since I own a Mac laptop, I will click on more links than norm because I am not afraid of a virus. BUT, I hate being taken to a slaes page, “Join the Trump Network NOW”, so I click more willingly those I follow and listen to more closely.
    Great post, keep up the great work. (hope there are no typos) 🙂
    -Anthony Ryan

    1. Thanks for reading! That’s a great point about clicking more willingly on something posted by someone I’m closer to. I agree.

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