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 . . .