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2010

Tech Tidbit: Bitly

Sometimes, cutting and pasting a web address link from your browser to your word processing document just takes up too much space in your document and looks cumbersome; some internet articles or web sites you want to cite to can have extremely long and complicated web addresses/URLs.

Wouldn't it be nifty if you could shorten a long web address to something short, and maybe even change the link's name to something that makes sense and may be easy to remember?

Fortunately, there are places on the web which provide free URL shortening. One such is http://bit.ly/. Enter the long web address in the Bitly box, and you can easily shorten the link and rename it to something more manageable.

For example, here is the web address for an article on whether employees must be given a meal or break period: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_11407_32352-117201--,00.html. That is simply too long and cumbersome to use in most writings. By running that long link through Bitly, I named the new link simply http://1.usa.gov/EmployeeBreak. Now, anyone who clicks on the new link will be taken directly to the same web address as the original web address. This is an especially valuable tool when you are using a lot of web addresses.

Author; Alan J. Couture

About the Author

Alan J. Couture

Alan J. Couture

Mr. Couture's practice is focused in the areas of insurance defense, employment law and civil litigation. He practices primarily out of the firm's Gaylord office.

Mr. Couture is a court-approved general civil mediator for many northern Michigan counties. He formerly served as a Board of Governors member of the Grand Traverse/Leelanau/Antrim Bar Association. He was a Board member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel from 2001 to 2009 and currently serves as co-chair of the MDTC's Technology Committee. He has organized MDTC seminars, including "LawTech 2004" and "Thinking Outside the Jury Box" in 2009, and he has published articles on various legal matters, including the Michigan No-Fault Act, in both Texas and Michigan. He often speaks at seminars on employment and litigation matters. As an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University, he teaches post-graduate courses in Negotiations and Employment Law. He is a member and past Chair of the City of Gaylord Planning Commission and serves on the Boards of the Otsego County Commission on Aging and Northern Family Intervention Services, which helps families with troubled children.

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