Would you like to avoid having to use long URLs like this one in print and online?
In print publications, you’re asking your reader to do a lot of work to type a lengthy URL correctly, and for something like Twitter, every character counts.
Bit.ly offers custom URLs for Harvard sites
Any time you enter a law.harvard.edu web address into bit.ly it will automatically generate the custom Harvard URL. We can turn this link:
To create your shortened URL:
- Go to bitly.com;
- Paste your URL;
- Your shortened Harvard URL will display, from any “law.harvard.edu” or “harvard.edu” link.
It’s that simple.
Another important note about bit.ly: Not only can you create these custom shortened links at bit.ly, but if you register for a free account you can then track the number of clicks the link gets, where it was referred from, and the location of the user. This can be a valuable addition to your web metrics.