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Google has decided to shut down its goo.gl URL shortening service

Google has decided to shut down its goo.gl URL shortening service

Launched in 2009, Google’s URL shortening service has been quite useful and fun, especially when they added third-party API, the ability to create QR codes and ability to link right to iOS and Android apps.

While the service has provided a lot of usefulness to users, there’s some bad news for those who use the service. Google is replacing its own service, goo.gl, with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) starting April 13th. The new system will let you send people to any location within iOS, Android or web apps.

Starting April 13th, you will not be able to create new goo.gl short links, though existing users can manage the links via the goo.gl console for the next year. After the expiring date, the links will still work, but users will no longer be able to access the console itself after March 30th, 2019. Google says that you should use FDLs from now on, or move to other shortening service like Ow.ly and Bitly.

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