Share Multiple URLs in a Single, Trackable Link: Bit.ly Launches “Bundles”
URL-abbreviator Bit.ly has been pretty busy the last few weeks. (You may have heard, for example, in October the popular application added a QR-code generator to their link-shortening services).
This week Bit.ly announced the introduction of "Bundles." Bundling lets users group MULTIPLE URLs into a single link. How might one use this, you wonder?
Well . . . still haven’t found the perfect pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving? Here’s a link that will take you to several I dug up – everything from a traditional pie “from scratch,” to maple pumpkin pie, apple butter pumpkin pie, and even triple-chocolate pumpkin pie. (Martha Stewart, Paula Deen – they’re in there). Check this out:
Make a Bundle
Creating a bundle is easy, requiring just a few clicks – simply shorten several links you’d like to group, then click the “bundle” button - as shown here:
Once you create a link bundle:
- You can name it and give it a description
- You can change the order links appear in the bundle
- You can go back and add or remove links whenever you want to
- Visitors can enjoy rich-media previews for each of your links (like the pics in the screenshot of my pumpkin pie list, below), or toggle to a text-only list
In addition to sharing your bundle on Facebook and Twitter, and being able to track its traffic/popularity (as you would any other shortened Bit.ly link), you can also solicit comments from those who check out your bundled list.
When you think about it, the new bundling function could be quite handy:
- Song/music recommendations
- Travel – from restaurant lists to must-see spots
- Event listings and schedules
- Anything in a series – from blog posts and articles, to videos
- Resource and topic lists
In the effort to share information as efficiently as possible – “bundling” is a welcome evolution - essentially letting you share more than one link (or pie!) at a time.
(Shaun Amanda Herrmann)