For short URLs, I’m using POPrl

I've been using Twitter quite a lot lately. And, given the community that I'm building up on it, I expect my usage of it continue to grow. Since each tweet is limited to 140 characters, if you are trying to include a link to a specific page on a site, it's a given that you're going to need to shorten the URL. I use Tweet Deck as my Twitter software of choice, and it has a feature that makes it simple to shorten a URL. You simply paste the URL in to the “Shorten URL” box, click the “Shorten” button and it does the work for you and even pastes the short URL in to your tweet when it's done. It was this handy feature that first introduced me to

So, what makes POPrl better than the rest, you ask? Stats.

Yesterday, I received a reply on Twitter from @POPrl that said, “@vegasgeek Did you know you can visit to see who clicks on your link?” No, as a matter of fact I didn't know that. I had been missing out on the best part of POPrl this whole time. I went to their site and found that they also have a bookmarklet that you can add to your browser. I created a quick video to show you how easy their bookmarklet works.

To see the stats for your link:

  • take the unique portion of original link provided by POPrl:
  • Add a subdirectory called “stats” like this:

That's it, you are now seeing stats for your shortened URL.

For a stats junkie like me, this extra feature makes all the difference in the world. Way to go the extra mile!

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  1. Mike, Lead Developer on September 22, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for your praise of It's always nice when someone appreciates your work.

  2. John Hawkins on September 23, 2008 at 5:03 am

    @Mike Thanks for stopping by! Great work on POPrl. Feel free to drop by and leave a note when you update POPrl with even more great features.