Does anyone read my links?

Do you ever wonder just how many people really read the links you post on Facebook or Twitter, for example? Does anyone really care?

Sometimes it’s hard to say if anyone at all is paying attention to your Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Not everyone is an influencer or active participant who will let you know what they thought of your link.  If you’re posting good quality content and your followers are genuine, odds are good they’re listening. The problem is many people are more likely to observe than join a discussion.

This is why I love Google’s goo.gl shortener. It is a url shortener that will generate a click report for you through your gmail account. These URL’s can be easily shared, tweeted or emailed to friends and colleagues. Then you can check back to your account periodically to see how many times your link has been viewed.

Goo.gl shortener does compete with other URL shortener’s, such as bit.ly, but does a lot more. Goo.gl claims to be more secure and quicker than the others. Goo.gl features automatic spam detection, and “near 100% uptime since our initial launch,” according to the company’s announcement.

You can install goo.gl on your tool bars in Google Chrome and Firefox. Or you can always just google goo.gl to create your shortened link. To view the history for your goo.gl URL’s you can log in to your Google account and see traffic sources, referrers and visitor profiles for countries, browsers and platforms. You can also add .qr to a shortened goo.gl URL and you’ll create a QR code that, when scanned, will redirect to the original URL.  You can also add .info to the goo.gl URL to check out analytics.

This is a super cool little goodie that we hope you start using. When you do, please let us know what you think.

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