To accompany Sunday’s look at Twitter tools that unmask shortened URLs, here are some utilities that reveal the true destination of shortened URLs outside of Twitter.
I’ve shortened five URLs, including one YouTube link, with the five URL shorteners that were used the most in tweets within last 24 hours.
And here are screenshots of how six tools expanded the links
This Firefox plugin displays a long URL after holding your mouse over a shortened address for a few seconds.
The other tools I tried all require you to visit their site and paste a short URL into a form. Each tool returned exactly what I expected: the lengthened URL.
This service provided the title of the destination page, a screenshot, and meta information — much more detail than the other tools:
Here are some tools that I did not try out:
- Long URL Please unfortunately did not work with my post, although I’ve used it successfully for other pages.
- TinyURL Decoder is a Greasemonkey script, which is a bit more techie than I want to get here.
- Previewlink.org is an experimental Firefox plugin.
To explore more URL lengtheners, bookmark my growing Delicious collection.