Google is shutting down its URL shortener service goo.gl

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The reason Google is ending support is due to how differently links are used today compared to when Google first launched its solution.

Google has announced, starting March 30, 2019, it will discontinue its uniform resource locator (url) shortener service, goo.gle, while beginning a transition process March 30, 2018, to replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). 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.

Developers are encouraged to switch over to Firebase Dynamic Links that have the advantage of automatically detecting the user's platform and send the user to either the web or your app.

Developers who use the goo.gl API can continue to use the service; however, no new developers will be able to access this API starting May 30, 2018. If you wish to keep things simple you can use other URL shortener services like Bitly and Owly.

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Back in December 2009, Google introduced its URL shortening service now known as goo.gl (or Google URL Shortener, for those talking about it at some fancy white collar event).

Google notes "all links will continue to redirect to the intended destination" even after 2019, with users also able to export link information from the console. Now you might not have heard of this tool but we are sure you have encountered it once or maybe more. Google recommends moving to Bit.ly or Ow.ly if you want a good alternative, and don't feel like searching on your own. Users who have been using Google URL shorter for many months as anonymous, won't be able to access anything.

Google's URL shortening service worked similarly to others; users could paste any URL into a form on the Google URL Shortener website to turn it into a shorter URL that was easier to share or publish.

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