by: Carol Bryant
Facebook is ebbing, flowing, and changing, and as soon as we get accustomed to the look, feel, and flow of Facebook, it happens: More changes!
As a blogger, I am active in social media so my daily pursuits take me to Facebook. Here are a few quick tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to make your life and Facebook goals much more attainable:
Master Your Own Bit.ly Domain: Want a custom bit.ly URL but not sure where to start or what that even means? The bit.ly Pro service, which lets organizations set up custom short domains, recently allowed free pro accounts. According to their website, "every bitly user can set up a custom short domain from within their bitly account settings, free of charge and with no waiting period."CMS Newwire reports that “URL shorteners aren't used to only to save space — they’re used to track and extend their brands and key messages across platforms.”
As a blogger, this means you can make yoru own custom link shortener. I recently did this for my Fidose of Reality blog and garnered the “Fidose” URL shortener. I have the ability to shrink long web addresses so I can share them and track them and use a vanity URL, too.
Media Bistro has a nice primer and how to blog post on why and how to get your own customer URL shortener. They say, “You must own your own shortened domain in order to use this service. If you do, all you need to do is point it to the Bit.ly servers and hook it up to your Bit.ly account at http://bitly.com/a/account. Bit.ly recommends you take a loot at domai.nr and 101domain to register your own shortened URL if you’re interested.”
You can read the entire Media Bistro article here.
Some examples of custom Bit.ly URL shortened links:
- The short domain for The New York Times is "nyti.ms".
- The short domain for Tech Crunch is "tcrn.ch".
It took me 10 minutes to set up and get to using it. Further help can be found at bit.ly’s help section.
A final tip: When on Facebook and you post a link into a post, did you know once the link shows up in the status box, you can actually get rid of the URL.
So this: (notice the URL is gone in the status update)
If you use bit.ly or bit.ly PRO and have created a free custom URL, what is yours?