You have created a digital work of art that you want to share with people, but you don't like the clutter of a long URL . . . like the ones generated by Google documents. Here are a few options to shorten those up and deliver them to your students or colleagues in an efficient way.
In my previous post, I shared two ways to "force" a user to make a copy of a document without allowing them to edit or modify yours. This is a perfect place to employ these URL shorteners.
If you have a loooooooooong URL, like this one:
and you want to share it with people in an easy-to-write-on-the-board or tell-in-a-quick-conversation manner, simply navigate to one of the tools above, paste in the long URL, and click the button to shorten it. As you can see in the chart, some of the options are preferable over others because they are customizable when you have an account. My personal favorite it bitly, not only because the name itself is short, but also because I can give a custom name to my shortened URL that will be meaningful to my recipients.
Adding either the goo.gl or bit.ly Chrome Extensions adds an extra layer of ease because you simply navigate to the page you want to shorten, click on the extension's favicon, and DONE. Here is a demo of the bitly extension, applied to a document template (forced copy), from start to finish:
**You'll need to sign up for an account on bitly in order to customize your URLs.
Once you have shortened the URL, you can share the new link with anyone, anywhere; email, social media, website, notecard, whiteboard, word-of-mouth . . .
Yes on both!! You will just need to use a couple of tricks and/or Add-Ons.
I hope no one EVER hesitates to ask a question that seems too "I should already know this" ish, too easy, or even too silly! If it's a question, it's a question, and I love to help you discover the answer sooner rather than later!
I want to make available to my volunteers the dates & times that I have open for volunteering/helping (they would be able to go into this doc and sign up for a date and time . . . edit it). I would like to share these dates with them through Google Docs. If a parent does not have Google Docs how can I share it with them so that they can sign up/edit in this Doc?
As long as you set the sharing permissions to be "Anyone with the link... can edit," people don't even have to have a Google account to write on it!
Just in case you have any pull... It would be nice to be able to have the ability to do a DRAFT watermark in both Docs & Sheets. I use both of these a lot and there is no easy way to do a DRAFT watermark right now .
Haha! You're cute to think that I have any Google pull whatsoever, but actually . . . I kind of do, and so do you! It's a bit of a hidden feature, but now that I know it's there (thanks to Alice Keeler), I use it all the time!!