Google's URL Shortener Service goo.gl Is Being Shutdown

Google has announced that it's shutting down its URL shortening service goo.gl, stopping submissions by accounts created from April 1 on April 13 and disbanding the platform for all other customers on March 30 2019.

For those who are calling URL shorter APIs to manage goo.gl links, are able to do so for another one year before Google shuts down the service completely.

While neither Google's FeedBurner nor the Toolbar exists now, the search giant wants the users and developers to move to Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). Nevertheless, users will have the option to migrate their link information from the goo.gl console. Despite, Google has chose to shut down its short URL service goo.gl in the wake of increasing number of offerings by the third party providers. For example, deep links offer the benefit of being able to redirect someone to not only a website, but a point within a website.

Google claims that goo.gl has been a great tool they have built.

As for the new users, the company recommends trying the new FDLs service to create their shorter links. According to Hermanto, FDLs are smart URLs that enable users to direct other users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app.

As far as consumers go, they can continue to use all features of the goo.gl console until March 30, 2019.

Google launched goo.gl back in 2009 with the goal of providing users with a means to easily share links and measure traffic online.

As for developers, FDL short links will automatically detect the user's platform and send the user to either the web or your app, whichever is appropriate. Users who have been using Google URL shorter for many months as anonymous, won't be able to access anything.


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