Goo.gl URL Shortener Coming Soon to a Twitter Client Near You

Google’s URL shortening service, goo.gl, has added an API, giving third-party developers a way to integrate the service into their own apps. The new API means Twitter clients and other apps that use short URLs can hook into goo.gl just like they do bit.ly and dozens of other shorteners.
The goo.gl API is, like most Google […]

Google’s URL shortening service, goo.gl, has added an API, giving third-party developers a way to integrate the service into their own apps. The new API means Twitter clients and other apps that use short URLs can hook into goo.gl just like they do bit.ly and dozens of other shorteners.

The goo.gl API is, like most Google APIs, a RESTful JSON-based API. There are only three real methods — insert, list and get — but that’s enough info for apps to shorten and expand URLs, as well as fetch history and analytics for shortened links.

The goo.gl shortener is a late entry into an already crowded field, but of course the Google name carries a good bit of weight so you can expect most Twitter clients to add goo.gl to their list of URL shortening options. The goo.gl shortener also has a couple of nice extras like QR codes and, according to stat tracking site Pingdom, it’s both the fastest and most reliable URL shortener out there.

If you’d like to play with the new service, the API documentation and developer guide can be found on the Google Labs site. And yes, the API is a labs project and may be subject to change before it graduates into a real web service.

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Twitter Adds More Media-Sharing Services to Inline Previews

Twitter has expanded the integration of third-party services on its website, adding five new photo and video sharing services to the growing list of what shows up as an inline preview.
Among the new services to secure a spot in the ever-expanding Twitterverse is Instagram, the current darling of the Twitter hipsters. The photo-sharing service has […]

Twitter now offers inline previews for more services, like the popular Instagram.

Twitter has expanded the integration of third-party services on its website, adding five new photo and video sharing services to the growing list of what shows up as an inline preview.

Among the new services to secure a spot in the ever-expanding Twitterverse is Instagram, the current darling of the Twitter hipsters. The photo-sharing service has managed to build an impressive following even though it’s currently only available as an iOS app. The majority of Instagram fans use Twitter to post links to their artsy photos.

The other new services available as inline previews include videos from Blip.tv, music players from Rdio, slideshows and presentations from SlideShare and photos and videos from Dipdive.

The new inline preview feature, introduced in September’s make-over, shows a preview of an image or a video in the right-hand pane whenever somebody tweets a link to a supported video or photo site. At launch, that was Flickr, Vimeo, TwitPic and YouTube. Along with the inline previews, you also see associated conversations, recent tweets and mini bios of the people mentioned in the tweet. It’s a feature we really like — it takes Twitter beyond the 140 character limit to include photos, videos, maps and all sorts of other rich media.

While we’re happy to see Twitter integrating with more web services, the new web-based preview features highlight just how far behind the website the company’s official mobile apps have fallen. Neither the official Android client nor the iOS Twitter clients support any of the inline previews you’ll find on the web. Twitter’s mobile site doesn’t show them, either. For a richer mobile Twitter, you’ll need to turn to third-party mobile apps.

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NBR | Scott’s Guide to Social Networking – Part 3 | PBS


www.pbs.org PBS Airdate: January 28, 2010 In part 3 of “Scott’s Guide to Social Networking,” NBR tech guru Scott Gurvey points out the viral marketing rewards from social media can be great – if you put in the time. As Scott says in his three part series, you’re a “dummy” if you’re ignoring the social networking trend. For more information visit: www.pbs.org

NBR | Scott’s Guide to Social Networking – Part 2 | PBS


www.pbs.org Airdate: January 27, 2010 In part 2 of “Scott’s Guide to Social Networking,” NBR tech guru Scott Gurvey explains why businesses need to realize they can’t sell and they must be sincere in the world of social media. As Scott says in his three part series, you’re a “dummy” if you’re ignoring the social networking trend. For more information visit: www.pbs.org

Social Media NZ: 31/01/2010 Social Media and Tech Round-up Ep4: Apple Edition


Comment, Rate and Subscribe | Website: socialmedianz.posterous.com Twitter twitter.com Facebook: facebook.com 31/01/2010 Welcome to our NEW weekly Social Media and Tech Roundup show – where we take the hottest news of the week from social media and tech and compress it in a easily digestible 3-4 minute segment for you 🙂 —————————————————————————————————————————————— * Apple Reveals the iPad ow.ly * 3 Major Updates from Apple in relation to the iPad ow.ly * iPad Fail ow.ly * What’s with the iPad Name ? ow.ly and ow.ly Please share your thoughts and feeling on the issues i discussed in this video by leaving an awesome comment, in the comment box 🙂 John Social Media NZ