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Bit.ly (link shortener)

When we want someone (e.g. your class) to copy a weblink, it’s not always convenient to give them the whole web address as it may be rather long. However, there is a simple way to create a short link so that a webpage with a long link can become something easy to copy, such as bit.ly/2OdAI1j.

To do this:

1 – Select the web address, right click and select copy (or press ctrl + c on the keyboard to copy the link)

2 – Go to this website: bitly.com and in the text box, right click & select paste to add the link to the box.

3 – Click Shorten:

4 – Click the Copy button to copy the link and paste it into your VLE or email to share it with students, or even just copy it onto the board.

You will notice that bit.ly offers you the chance to create an account. You don’t need to do this to shorten your weblinks, but if you do, it allows you to track how many people have clicked on the link (but not who).