Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to sharing URLs. Pasting a long link into an e-mail may cause it to be split on two lines, which may break the link. The email recipient then has to copy and paste both parts of the URL into a Web browser. This headache can be avoided by using a URL-shortening service like TinyURL. You enter a long URL into TinyURL and it becomes a much smaller link that redirects you to the longer URL. However, TinyURL links are sometimes used to hide links to malicious websites. If you are uncertain about the TinyURL you received, you can undo it to see where it will take you.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Navigate to the TinyURL Preview page (see Resources).
Click the "Click here to enable previews" hyperlink. You have now turned on the preview option for TinyURL.
Copy and paste the TinyURL you received into your Web browser's address bar. Press the "Enter" key. You will be redirected to a preview page that shows you where the shortened URL will take you. Click the "Proceed to this site" hyperlink if you choose to do so.
Tips and warnings
- Alternatively, you can use a website like Link Unwrapper that shows you the original link that was shortened. (See Resources.) Enter the TinyURL link into the appropriate field on the Web page, enter the CAPTCHA security words and click the "Unwrap" button.
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