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See Where Shortened URLs “Link To” in Your Favorite Browser

Do you want an easy way to see where shortened URLs really lead to in your favorite browser? Then you will want to take a look at the Long URL Please Bookmarklet.

A few days ago we looked at some different URL shortening services and Extensions. But sometimes you need to know where the links are actually pointing to, as some can lead you to unsafe sites.

Note: There is a Firefox extension available for those who would prefer to use it in place of the bookmarklet.

Get the Bookmarklet

Here is a list of the “URL Shortening Services” that the bookmarklet will work for.

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All that you need to do is drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s “Bookmarks Toolbar” and you are ready to reveal the real addresses behind those shortened URLs.

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Before & After

For our example we visited the How-To Geek Twitter page. As you can see there are at least three different “URL Shortening Services” represented in this particular group of tweets…

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You do not need to select/highlight any of the links…just one click on the bookmarklet and all of the shortened URLs in our group have been “converted back”. Now you can easily see the real addresses behind each shortened URL.

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Conclusion

If you have been looking for an easy way to see the real addresses behind shortened URLs, then the Long URL Please Bookmarklet will certainly make a nice addition to your favorite browser. Also check out our previous post where we take a look at URL shortening services and extensions.

Get the Long URL Please Bookmarklet

Long URL Please Firefox Add-on

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/14/09

Comments (2)

  1. .

    Yes, thank you! These short URLs are a scourge, they make it so much easier for spammers, hackers, malware authors, etc.

  2. Ian

    Thank you so much. I hate URL shorteners, because I never know where they are actually going to send me. The work just fine in twitter, but i don’t use them. Then they start showing up on Facebook and I want to know where I’m going. This makes it so much easier. They just make the problems go away. Like add-block and noscript. Not that I block adds on websites where the webmasters are careful to make sure they aren’t obnoxious singing flash adds…:)

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