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Google to kill its URL shortener ‘’

Users can now opt for Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) or similar services like Bitly and

tech Updated: Mar 31, 2018 16:05 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
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Google’s URL shortener will stop working from April 13.(REUTERS)

Google has announced it is winding down its URL shortener named starting April 13 and asked users to consider using app-centric Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) or similar popular services like Bitly and as an alternative.

FDLs are smart URLs that allow one to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web platform. Google says that these links survive the app install process which makes it easier for new users to see the content they’re looking for when they open the app for the first time. Dynamic Links will also help in transitioning users from the mobile website to “the equivalent content within your app”.

“Starting April 13, 2018, anonymous users and users who have never created short links before today will not be able to create new short links via the console,” Michael Hermanto, Software Engineer, Firebase, wrote in a blog post on Saturday.

“If you have existing short links, you can continue to use all features of console for a period of one year, until March 30, 2019, when we will discontinue the console,” the report added.

The URL Shortener is very common and was first launched by the search engine giant in 2009.

First Published: Mar 31, 2018 16:04 IST