When it comes to shortening a URL, it’s usually a fun and interesting little task. Back in 2009, Google launched goo.gl – its answer to URL shortening. Almost a decade later, the American tech giant has taken the decision to replace the service with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL).
With FDL, you’ll be able to utilise new URLs that direct clickers via Android, iOS as well as web-based apps. Google stated that, “To refocus our efforts, we’re turning down support for goo.gl over the coming weeks and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). FDLs are smart URLs that allow you to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app. We’re excited to grow and improve the product going forward. While most features of goo.gl will eventually sunset, all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination.”
After April 13th, you will not be able to create new links but if you’re an existing user, you can still access and control them through the service for the course of next year. Bear in mind that even after this, all goo.gl short links will continue to work but you won’t have any access to the service’s console/website after March 30th 2019.
Are you a regular user of goo.gl? How will this affect you and what alternative will you use?
Source: | Google |
Via: | 9to5Google |