I recently wrote about a how to use Google’s URL shortener service Goo.gl without any toolbars or extensions. To that post Matthew Flaschen commented about a couple of tools he has developed. They are a Firefox Addon and a bookmarklet to use Goo.gl. I quite liked them and hence here is the review.
Firefox Addon for Goo.gl
- Click here to download the Firefox Addon for using Goo.gl URL shortener without using Google toolbar on Firefox.
- Click on View >> Toolbars >> Customize. Here just drag and drop the Goo.gl addon to any toolbar on Firefox browser.
- Next visit any page you want to share, click on the addon button and the short URL is copied. Simply paste it wherever you want to share it.
- This also works with the latest upgrade of Firefox 3.6 (Read about the upgrade here).
Why I liked this Add-on a lot is that I can simply click on the addon button and the url is copied. Most other short url generators create the url and make you copy it manually. Here I just had to paste it.
Another way to use Goo.gl url service is by using it through a bookmarklet. A bookmarklet is something which behaves like a toolbar when you click on it (Read about how Google brought Sidewiki into Chrome using Bookmarklets).
- Click here to get to the page of the Bookmarlet for Goo.gl.
- Just drag and drop the link to your bookmarks tab.
- When you visit a page click on the bookmark and the short Goo.gl url is shown.
I felt using the Firefox add-on a lot more friendly to use than using then bookmarklet. Anyways this is very useful for people who want to use Goo.gl url shortener without using Google toolbar on Firefox.
Let me know what you think about it through your comments.