Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shorten your URL and know if email has been read

The Google URL Shortener at is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link easier to share, tweet, or email to friends. For example, the short URL is a convenient shorthand representation for the .This feature is help full to find out whether someone has read your mail or not.If you are sending you email then just shorten a URL and ask the recipient to click. If recipient has clicked then it will be logged. suppose you have sent a short URL like and asked the recipt to click it ,if it is being clicked then you can see the status by just adding + to the shorten URL like this .you will able to see the graph when it was clicked and what is traffic status like from which location it was clicked what is OS used etc. Hence you can easily know know that user has seen your mail.

How do I use the Google URL Shortener?

Go to and paste the long URL you wish to shorten into the input box at the top of the page. Click "Shorten" and to the right of the box you’ll see a short URL that can be copied and pasted anywhere you’d like to share it.
If you’d like to track the analytics of your shortened URL, please sign in to your Google Account before shortening your URL. Your shortened URL will automatically be added to your history.

Why use the Google URL Shortener?

People share a lot of links online. This is particularly true as microblogging services such as Twitter and Google Buzz have grown in popularity. With character limits in tweets, status updates, and other modes of short form publishing, a shorter URL leaves more room to say what's on your mind.
Our primary goal in making this service publicly available to all users is to harness Google’s global production infrastructure to provide users with the following benefits:
  • Stability - reliable service with good uptime
  • Security - warning message if the short URL points to a suspected malware, phishing, or spam website
  • Speed - fast resolution of short URLs (in a few milliseconds)

Features short URLs are randomly generated, and the mappings of short URLs to long URLs are publicly accessible. Additionally, the short URL to long URL mappings are:
  • Immutable - once created by you, no one else can change them
  • Irrevocable - once created, they do not expire. Note, however, that Google reserves the right to remove any short URL, for example for spam, security or legal reasons