How to get the short URL on reddit

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How to get the short URL on reddit
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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.

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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."

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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."

  5. 5

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

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