I wrote recently about Untiny, a service that can show you where shortened URLs (like those provided by bit.ly) really lead — and help to prevent you from being tricked into visiting dodgy sites. In Chrome (s goog), the extension that I’m currently using to handle deciphering those shortened links is called View Thru.
I like how unobtrusive it is, only displaying the link’s destination when you hover your mouse over it. The UntinyFox add-on I use on Firefox, on the other hands, automatically deciphers all of the shortened links on a page, which can make things a bit messy if there’s a lot of them.
Here’s a screenshot of my Twitterstream — the top tweet contains a shortened link to our Green:Net conference, and the full destination pops up when I hover my mouse over the link:
What tools do you use for deciphering shortened links?
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