A free, custom shortlink solution

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05-31-2017 09:43 PM
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BernSzukalski
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Earlier today someone asked me about a way to shorten a URL to an app hosted in their ArcGIS organization. Not only did they want to shorten it, they wanted to create a custom shortlink that would be easier to remember. 

I found a list of 9 URL Shorteners to Shorten Long Links and tried a couple of them. Most just shorten a link - this is good, but results in jibberish that's good for copy/paste, but not much else. One of them (which I did not try) offers domain-based short URLs for a fee.

But a reasonable alternative, and also one that's free, is from Tiny URL. While not quite a total custom URL, or one that is based on your domain, it does offer a solution for something that's easy-to-remember.

I took this impossible to remember and lengthy URL:

http://story.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=9b5f19e06a2b4aaba75844d147251d2b 

And ran it through TinyURL to create something I could remember. I tried a couple of strings which were already taken, but found one that wasn't and settled on this as the short URL:

Note that it also includes a preview, just in case someone might be suspicious and wants to view the expanded URL before opening.

Try them out:

http://tinyurl.com/wnsstorymap 

http://preview.tinyurl.com/wnsstorymap

Note that this isn't an endorsement, but hopefully it's something useful. Let me know if there are others you find.

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Esri tech evangelist and product manager. On a good day I'm making a map. On a great day I'm on one. @bernszukalski bszukalski@esri.com