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Google shuts down Google URL Shortener goo.gl

Google shuts down Google URL Shortener goo.gl

Google has announced that the goo.gl service will be shutting down.

"To refocus our efforts, we're turning down support for goo.gl over the coming weeks and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL)", the blog post read.

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Google is shutting down their URL shortener

Those who have never created new links over the goog.ly service will not be able to use it after 13 April 2018. Even as Google is pushing users to use the FDL after April 13th, existing links will not be automatically migrated to the Firebase console or it's API. Since then, many popular URL shortening services have emerged and the ways people find content on the Internet have also changed dramatically, from primarily desktop webpages to apps, mobile devices, home assistants, and more. This way registered users will have time to download all their existing data related to shorten URLs they have created using goo.gl. For example, I purchased the jaduino.me domain and after it was linked with Bit.ly, it became my shortened URL. "We're excited to grow and improve the product going forward". In the meantime the service will continue to operate and users can still create short links until the 30th of March, 2019. Existing users, however, can continue using it until March 30, 2019 after which it will be discontinued on the whole. Notably, Google's URL Shortener service was launched for its Toolbar and FeedBurner, both of which have been shut down. All you had to do was to append.info to any goo.gl link to display click statistics for any link.

The search giant is now encouraging users to use FDL or other services like Bitly and Ow.ly to create new short links. You can manage all your short links and their analytics through the goo.gl console during this period.

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