There is a simple rule on the Internet when it comes to passing links around: the easier it is to share links, the more links will be shared. Bit.ly and other URL shorteners proved this with their billions of links repackaged for a 140-character world. Later today or tomorrow, bit.ly will be introducing a new feature called bit,ly bundles which lets you shorten a bunch of links into one single bit.ly link. Don’t pretend like this isn’t your dream come true.
The company created the Xtranormal promo video above, which features a tech nerd who is really excited about the bundles trying to explain what they are to a cute girl:
GuyL It is the newest thing in the Internet, it will change your life.
Girl: Go away
. . .
Guy: I am looking forward to sharing my bundles with you.
Girl: Hold still while I get my mace out.
The bundle link will take you to a preview page with headlines, excerpts, photos, and videos pulled from the underlying websites. Each bundle page also has stats on how many times it’s been viewed, and a list of the original links. It is basically a way to create thematic collections and share them. Here is a screenshot:
bit.ly allows users to shorten, share, and track links (URLs). Reducing the URL length makes sharing easier. bit.ly can be accessed through our website, bookmarklets and a robust and open API. bit.ly is also integrated into several popular third-party tools such as Tweetdeck. A more full list of third party tools can be found on the bit.ly blog. Unique user-level and aggregate links are created, allowing users to view complete, real-time traffic and referrer data, as well as location...