How to get the short URL on reddit

Updated February 21, 2017

A growing trend in social media has users condensing their information and statuses into short, real-time expressions. Popular websites like Twitter only allow a small number of characters per message. If you want to share a link with your friends you can, but the URL may be too long. Reddit, a website that offers content from around the web, occasionally shares links that are too long. By shortening these links, you can share Reddit with anyone.

Go to and browse the posted links until you find one that you want to share.

Copy the URL from the address bar at the top of the page. You can do this by highlighting the text with your mouse, right-clicking and selecting "Copy."

Go to the website Bitly is a URL shortener. If you do not want to use Bitly, select another URL shortener.

Paste your URL into the space that says "Shorten Links Here." Do this by right-clicking inside the bar where you need the text to go and selecting "Paste."

Click "Shorten" to receive your new URL. Clicking this link will redirect you or your friends to the original site.

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