Short URLs Now Official Option in Google Maps

Aug 24, 2011 • 8:30 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

Google Places LogoGoogle announced that will be using their official internal URL shortener, g.co, for allowing Google Maps users to send out short links to maps.

Personally, I always hated the really long URLs I had to send to clients and friends to find my office and my home. In fact, I hated it so much, I simply made rustybrick.com/map redirect to the long URL of my office location on Google Maps.

Also, Google did have a Labs product that had short URLs but that went away and is now replaced by an option for all users to use. Here is what it looks like:

Google Maps URL Shorterner

It even works on Place pages, here is a link to my company's place page: http://g.co/maps/du4h. Heck, if you have time and like our work, drop us a review. Hate us, no need to leave a review. ;-)

In any event, I am very happy Google added this because there is nothing worse than sending a long URL in an email that gets cut off.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Comments:

righini

08/24/2011 12:47 pm

finally!

EIM Media

08/24/2011 12:57 pm

 Nice.. at last google accepting short URL's

Nyagoslav Zhekov

08/25/2011 11:51 am

A very valuable addition by Google in my opinion. However, there are only about 1.7 million possible combinations as it seems, so I think Google will have to think of some improvement soon...

Andrew Whyman

08/26/2011 01:32 pm

All they have to do is add another digit/letter to the end. They can go up to 604 million possible combinations just by adding a 5th digit/letter, and 2.1 billion with a 6th. It still keeps it stupidly short even despite that. They could also prune un-used URL's too if they wanted.

Zahid

09/17/2012 05:47 am

Looking something like this and helpful. Thanks.

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