We are proud to announce the lauch of a new link shortener service specifically for the HSPH community and its website. This service is called hsph.me.
We can now offer you a way create very short links that point to longer links. A basic example is http://hsph.me/ redirects you to http://blogs.sph.harvard.edu/the-basement/2011/02/04/new-staff-member-erin-b-leveille/.
What is a link shortener?
Wikipedia defines it as:
…a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL aka link) may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page. This is achieved by using an HTTP Redirect on a domain name that is short, which links to the web page that has a long URL.
Who else uses link shorteners?
- Harvard Gazette – http://hvd.gs
- Twitter – http://t.co
- Google – http://goo.gl
- New York Times – http://nyti.ms
Why would I use hsph.me over other free services?
- Safe Links and Browsing – When your readers see a http://t.co or http://goo.gl links it is hard to tell whether the website they will be redirected to is going to be a reputable one. Since hsph.me only allows .harvard.edu links your readers can feel safe when clicking on your short links.
- Long Term Use and Support – At any time Twitter and Google can choose to discontinue this service and if you are using theirs then your short links are gone. Since hsph.me is run by the Information Technology Department we can ensure length of the service and can address issues related to it more quickly.
How do I shorten my links?