Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Google Replacing Goo.gl URL Shortening Service With FDL

Google Replacing Goo.gl URL Shortening Service With FDL

Fortunately, Google has no intentions to make the millions of goo.gl links out there suddenly become broken after the deadline, so the company has said that they will continue to work - you just won't be able to create new ones. The Google URL shortener; goo.gl introduced back in 2009. You cannot only shorten links but also redirect users to any location within a web page or smartphone app (both Android and iOS).

However, existing users can continue to generate short links on the goo.gl console after April 13 and will also be allowed to view their analytics data and download their short link information in CSV format until March 30, 2019, after which the goo.gl console will be officially shuttered. Dynamic Links are free forever, for any scale. The latter group is being directed to Firebase Dynamic Links with today's announcement meant to "refocus" Google's efforts. However following that, users won't be able to access other goo.gl features and its console.

However, for average users that just want to truncate a link, there is no new alternative from the company, with Google suggesting Bitly and Ow.ly. From the looks of it, FDL is going to focus more on developer use than consumer use.

"[The goo.gl] URL Shortener has been a great tool that we're proud to have built". They survive the app install process, so even new users see the content they're looking for when they open the app for the first time.

Google's URL shortening service worked similarly to others; users could paste any URL into a form on the Google URL Shortener website to turn it into a shorter URL that was easier to share or publish. We hope you are too! Users who have been using Google URL shorter for many months as anonymous, won't be able to access anything.

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