Create Shortened goo.gl URLs in Google Chrome the Easy Way

By Akemi Iwaya on January 28th, 2010

Have you been eager to try out Google’s new URL shortening service and add it into Chrome? Now you can do both very easily with the goo.gl shortener extension.

Installation

You will be asked to confirm installation of the extension during the install process. All that you need to do is click “Install” to finish adding that goo.gl URL shortening power to your browser.

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Once the extension has finished installing you will see your new “goo.gl Toolbar Button” and the post-installation message.

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No options to worry with for the extension…just “click and go” goodness.

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The goo.gl shortener Extension in Action

For our example we decided to create a shortened URL for the “Windows 7 Tag Page” at the How-To Geek website. Just click on the “Toolbar Button” and within moments you will see a small drop-down window with your new goo.gl URL…

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Here is a close-up view of our new URL. Notice that there are “Tweet & Copy Links” to help you quickly start using your new shortened URL.

Note: You can also manually select and copy the text link if desired.

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Pasting into another app is quick and easy…

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Tweeting your new shortened URL works wonderfully too. All that you will have to do is add any additional text that you desire…

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Conclusion

If you have been wanting to try out Google’s new URL shortening service, then you are definitely going to have a lot of fun using this extension. It is quick, simple, and very easy to use.

Links

Download the goo.gl shortener extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/28/10
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