- Its short URLs are permanent.
- The service is unlikely to be under odd political disputes.
- It detects malicious websites & warns you.
- It provides neat statistics.
- It generates a small QR barcode image to share the short URL.
From the statistics link http://goo.gl/info/XHgI you can see some interesting things like times & dates of clicks, referrers, countries, browsers & platforms (operating systems / devices).
As of this writing, the link to the guide I posted had 62 clicks but shows an intriguing trend in browser usage:
- Chrome: 11 users
- Firefox: 11 users
- Safari: 7 users
- Mobile: 3 users
- IE: 1 user
- Opera: 1 user
What's even more interesting is the platform usage:
- Windows: 16
- Macintosh: 10
- Other Unix (since Mac is considered Unix): 4
- iPhone: 3
- Linux: 1 (that's probably me!)
So people are using Chrome & Firefox more on Windows. That's heart-warming & gives me hope in humanity.
The next time you want a URL shortener, use Google's and check out the statistics by adding /info/ in the middle of the short URL (see the link above).
I used bit.ly's service but didn't like its statistics page though it links to Twitter & Facebook public feeds for reference, but it doesn't always show the numbers or referrers correctly.