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  • Bit.ly Clickabit, Now. Bit.ly Now, Later?

    Bit.ly Clickabit, Now. Bit.ly Now, Later?

    Today on their blog, URL shortening service Bit.ly unveiled a cute new feature: Clickabit. It’s a Twitter account that surfaces some of the “surprising and bizarre” links being shortened and shared across their network. But the feature also hints at something we’ve been talking about for a while: Bit.ly Now. “We’re currently hard at work on several systems… Read More

  • A Nice Side Effect Of The Tweet Button: Real URLs Back In The Stream

    A Nice Side Effect Of The Tweet Button: Real URLs Back In The Stream

    The link shortening revolution that has taken place the past few years has been interesting for a number of reasons. But one of the most interesting aspects is that we’re all now trained to click on a URL even if we have no idea what it actually is. Sure, you may be visiting TechCrunch.com, but in Twitter’s stream, it has been hidden as http://bit.ly/lkowieofi or the like. Read More

  • Bit.ly Rolls Out Improved Real-Time Analytics Dashboard For Enterprise Users

    Bit.ly Rolls Out Improved Real-Time Analytics Dashboard For Enterprise Users

    Popular link-shortening service Bit.ly is giving its enterprise customers a new analytics dashboard today, allowing large publishers to better track the distribution of their links on a per-story basis. The benefits of the new dashboard are obvious — publishers and companies with large presences on Twitter and Facebook can use the dashboard to see which of their articles and social… Read More

  • Twitter Hints At Content Recommendation Service With New Link Shortener

    Twitter Hints At Content Recommendation Service With New Link Shortener

    Today, Twitter has expanded the testing of its own URL shortner — which is now using the t.co domain. The expansion (which will eventually be available to all Twitter users) is interesting in terms of what it means for the URL shortening ecosystem. But it also should be interesting from a broader perspective to the entire ecosystem because it opens up some new possibilities, such as… Read More

  • Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro

    Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro

    There are over 150 million clicks on Bit.ly links each day. The amount of data running through the service is massive, and continuing to grow at an incredible pace. But we’ve known that for a while. Just as impressive may be what Bit.ly is doing with its premium service, Bit.ly Pro. Today, the service is announcing some of the huge names across the web have signed up to use Bit.ly Pro. Read More

  • Is Bit.ly Awe.sm Or Just Awesome?

    Is Bit.ly Awe.sm Or Just Awesome?

    I’m not saying there’s necessarily something nefarious going on here, but judge for yourself. In their source code, Bit.ly has the word “awesome” as one of their meta keywords. This may just seem like some kooky programmer having some fun — until you remember that one of their main rivals is a another URL shortening service called Awe.sm. Read More

  • What Bit.ly Knows About The Realtime Web

    What Bit.ly Knows About The Realtime Web

    Today during Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Hilary Mason, Bit.ly’s lead data scientist took the stage and offered up some interesting data about the service. Her focus was what our data usage says about the realtime web. Below, I’ll paste all the slides, but here are some of the key data points she gave: Read More

  • Seesmic, TweetMeme Say Twitter Ecosystem Is Just Fine, Thank You

    Seesmic, TweetMeme Say Twitter Ecosystem Is Just Fine, Thank You

    Yesterday we showed a teaser of our conversation with Loic Le Meur of Seesmic, and Nick Halstead of Tweetmeme. Here’s the full video, in two parts. This is a debate around the recent decision by Twitter to compete directly with third party developers who are making Twitter applications that Twitter has deemed to be mere “hole fillers.” A variety of third party apps are… Read More

  • Bit.ly's Borthwick: Twitter, Thanks For The Ride

    Bit.ly's Borthwick: Twitter, Thanks For The Ride

    On Wednesday at Twitter’s Chirp conference, CEO Evan Williams released another bomb during the wrap-up Q&A session: Twitter is working on creating it’s own link shortener for Twitter.com. Once again, in the space of a week, Twitter declared it was moving into an area previously occupied by another company in the Twitter eco-system, in this case bit.ly, which grew on the back… Read More

  • Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter Confirms It Will Launch Its Own Link Shortener

    Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter Confirms It Will Launch Its Own Link Shortener

    Another hole is about to be filled in Twitter’s product features. CEO Evan Williams just confirmed plans to launch its own link shortener on stage during the final Q&A session at Chirp. HE noted that it would be “stupid” not to add native link-shortening capabilities into Twitter, since most Twitter clients already have that feature. “We want to solve that… Read More

  • Bit.ly Links Get Clicked 3.4 Billion Times A Month, New Features Coming

    Bit.ly Links Get Clicked 3.4 Billion Times A Month, New Features Coming

    The default link shortener on Twitter, bit.ly, just keeps getting bigger. In March, 3.4 billion bit.ly-shortened links were clicked on, up from 2.7 billion in February and only 87 million a year ago. Yesterday was a record day for bit.ly, with 147 million clicks (see chart). Even though Twitter still dominates, more than half of all bit.ly links are encoded somewhere besides Twitter.com. … Read More

  • URL Shorteners Slow Down The Web – Especially Facebook's FB.me

    URL Shorteners Slow Down The Web – Especially Facebook's FB.me

    It’s hard to imagine a Web sans URL shortening services nowadays but you can rest assured that they’re here to stay – for better or worse. Question is: how do the likes of bit.ly, TinyURL and Goo.gl score in terms of speed and availability? That’s exactly what Dutch startup WatchMouse sought to find out. Read More

  • Existing Investors Put Another $1.5 Million Into bit.ly

    Existing Investors Put Another $1.5 Million Into bit.ly

    Bit.ly, the biggest link shortening service around, just raised another modest $1.5 million in convertible debt from all of its existing investors on a pro rata basis, including betaworks, Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech, Ron Conway, Mitch Kapor, Chris Sacca, Howard Lindzon, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. The funding amount appeared in a new SEC filing and I confirmed it with betaworks… Read More

  • Welcome To TechCrunch Or 5z8.info/dicksonparade_k5f1f_hackwebcam

    Welcome To TechCrunch Or 5z8.info/dicksonparade_k5f1f_hackwebcam

    The web has no shortage of URL shorteners. In fact, there are so many that they’re all kind of blending together and I have no idea where to turn beyond the de-facto one Twitter uses, Bit.ly. But today, a new one has piqued my interest. ShadyURL (made by Wonder-Tonic) is awesome because well, it creates shady URLs. Rather than focusing on making a URL as tiny as possible to spread on a… Read More

  • Getting A Handle On The Size Of The Realtime Web And The Twitter Ecosystem

    Getting A Handle On The Size Of The Realtime Web And The Twitter Ecosystem

    The Realtime Web is a hard thing to measure because it doesn’t exist only on traditional Web pages. It also exists in stream readers and desktop clients and mobile phones. And it is not just Twitter and Facebook. It is also bit.ly and TweetDeck and Seesmic and Tweeite and realtime search on Google and Bing, and the list goes on and on. So while we can look at comScore and see that… Read More

  • Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics or How To Get Under John Borthwick's Skin

    Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics or How To Get Under John Borthwick's Skin

    There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, as Mark Twain once said. A couple days ago, I wrote a post titled, “What Happened To bit.ly’s Market Share” after I noticed some new statistics on TweetMeme which suggested that the market share for short URLs has shifted in the past few months and is actually diversifying as more and more short URLs inundate the Web. John… Read More

  • What Happened To bit.ly's Market Share?

    What Happened To bit.ly's Market Share?

    It seems like everyone and their mother now has their own URL shortening service, or at least their own short domain. Short URLs have almost become a branding thing. But as the use of short links keeps going up, the market share among different URL shortening services is fragmenting. The biggest URL shortening service is still bit.ly, with more than 2 billion links a month, but it now only… Read More

  • Watch The Buzz On Bitly.TV

    Watch The Buzz On Bitly.TV

    With more than two billion links a month passed through its link shortening service, bit.ly can see what is some of the most buzzed about and shared content on the Web. Today, it is exposing the most popular videos people share through bit.ly on Bitly.TV, which is the second project under bit.ly Labs (the super-short j.mp URL shortener was the first). With bit.ly being the main way people… Read More

  • Bit.ly Goes Pro, Tells Goo.gl To Suck.it

    Bit.ly Goes Pro, Tells Goo.gl To Suck.it

    The short gloves are off. Earlier today, both Google and Facebook got into the URL shortening game with goo.gl and fb.me. Google’s move in particular is a direct challenge to bit.ly, the rising independent standard among link shortening services. Bit.ly’s response is in effect to ask publishers and consumers who they trust with all their data: Google or the rest of the Web? To… Read More

  • What's Behind That Short Link?  Bit.ly Steps Up Its Efforts To Sniff Out Spam.

    What's Behind That Short Link? Bit.ly Steps Up Its Efforts To Sniff Out Spam.

    With the rise of Twitter, we’ve also seen the rise of link shorteners (standard URLS take up too many characters). The king of the link shorteners right now is bit.ly, which is the default shortener on Twitter and accounts for more than 75 percent of all short URLs on the service. Every month, bit.ly shortens about 1 billion links. For spammers, that’s one huge honey jar. The… Read More