“Great time saver!” #bitly

“Great time saver!” #bitly


In today’s fast-paced world, everybody is always looking for an extra way to save time. There are many products designed to help consumers do just that, but few as innovative as the Bitly link shortening service. Bitly has made a name for itself...


When shortened using bit.ly, this article was originally published at... #bitly


## A shortened link to an article about bit.ly ##

NOTE: This is not a valid URL, just an example of how the title may be formatted. A real URL will never begin with “http://” in the case of regular links; only in the case of short links does this occur (where it's part of the specification).


Shortened links are usually grouped together at the end of articles like external links. When you use them in titles, one or more real URLs can be put inside angle brackets after #hashtag-style hyperlinks; here we've used two consecutive hashes before each URL for clarity, but they don't have to touch each other when they're next to each other like this, e.g., “link #bitly link” or “Bitly link #bitly link” are both fine. All URLs inside the brackets must be real URLs because, again, they will get linked to if somebody clicks them.


These links () always turn into affiliate links to the respective shortener's website when clicked on Twitter (i.e., bitly links become http://bit.ly/10fdXO3, etc.) Twitter does not allow any other kind of affiliate link in Tweets, so don't use shortened affiliatelinks for anything other than promoting your own services and products; you can do this by putting a "via: http://yourwebsitehere.com" (without the quotes) at the end of your Tweet.


Regular links () and hashtags () work like them except they don't become affiliate links when clicked on Twitter; if you post a regular link or hashtag to Twitter, it will look like plain text in somebody's feed unless they follow your custom short domain (more on that below). If you want to use a shortened version of a regular link, but only within the context of using it with another kind of link (e.g., “I think this site has less ads than bit.ly”), then just put the shortened version inside square brackets before ending the sentence with a period: [http://goo.gl/9u3oO]. NOTE: This is only for regular links, not hashtags.


If you want to use a shortened version of a hashtag inside the context of another kind of link (e.g., “This article was written with Twitter in mind, so it has lots of bit.ly and other short links [#twitter #bitly]"), then just put a plus sign (+) at the beginning: +This article was written with Twitter in mind, so it has lots of bit.ly and other short links [#twitter #bitly]. NOTE: This is only for hashtags, not regular links.


You can use up to 20 characters after each bit.ly URL before having to repeat the whole process again—for example, let's say you want to tweet a link that's 23 characters long. Simply start with the number of characters you're adding, followed by "p/t" for past tense and "f/n" for future (which will turn into http://bit.ly/10fdXO3 and http://bit.ly/11fdXO3), like this: “I can't believe we used to have to re-type URLs every time we wanted to share them! p/t #bitly f/n”

If your business uses a custom short domain (e.g., if your website is www.yoursitehere.com), then you can use any character combination without repetition; people can still click on a link with any other character combination, but they'll get re-directed to your custom short domain. For example, our website is www.bitlinker.com, which means we can use up to 22 characters after the bitly shortened URL before having to repeat this process: “Bitlinker adds even more value [http://goo.gl/9u3oO] by giving its users their own custom branded short domains!”


You should already know that you need a Twitter account in order to use Twitter social media services—everybody knows that, right? If you don't have a Twitter account yet and want one ASAP (if you're reading this article then it's safe to assume that you do), just go to Twitter.com, click the "Sign up" button, and follow the prompts—it takes about 60 seconds or less.

Once you have a free Twitter account, your next step is to learn how to use it so you can become more productive in your business endeavors by learning how to share links with hashtags instead of typing them out manually every time (which is very inefficient). If you’re not sure where to begin with using Twitter or what hashtags are at all , then take some time right now to read this article before moving on: https://goo.gl/8Vu3Q5

Now that you know what hashtags are and why they're useful for sharing information on social media services


The end of the article refers to a link that was shortened using a bitly service. What is interesting here is that the author, instead of directly mentioning what kind of service it is, tries to make you think about it by asking if you want to “Check this out” using your own link shortening tool or create an account with them and shorten your own URL. It could even be a spam technique to get more sign-ups for this particular Bitly-like service...


How do we know for sure? We have not been able to find any mention about their services on their official website so let’s try another approach: look at the content they are spammign!


First thing that strikes our attention is that there are several key concepts used in the article:

- Productivity

- Business

- Social media services

- Twitter

All of those keywords could be used for other types of spamming and we can’t be 100% sure this one is not. As a final test we will search for “great time saver! #bitly” on Google and see what comes up:

Only two results show up but they both point to the same website (https://beamitforward.com). There isn't any strong evidence against them but it doesn't look good either 🙂


The conclusion here is that there were no harmful intentions behind this spam technique but you should always be careful when sharing information online: if the service you want to recommend is not well known and/or doesn't include links to any third party websites that can be trusted, then do your homework before using it.


The comments section of this article contains a lot of questions and requests for more details about how exactly does this spam technique works... The author never replied so another user did it in their name:

“How do I use this?”

It's simple enough. Whenever you find an interesting article or blog post, tweet the link with a hashtag at the end. It'll shorten it automatically. You can read more about hashtags here: http://goo.gl/9u3oO (article used as bait)


“But how do I click on them?”

When you are reading the article, just click on the hashtag. It'll bring you to a search results page where all articles tagged with that hashtag are listed. You can continue clicking through hashtags until you find something that interests you. Read more here: http://goo.gl/9u3oO


“How is this any different from the other link shorteners out there?” This is very similar to our competitors, but we give users their own custom domain name after they've shortened 5 links

Like many spam techniques aimed at persuading readers into using some service or software function, it has an instructional tone (the