Speedier Shortening

We mean it when we say we’ve been reading all your tweets and emails. And we’re listening! In the week since our release, we’re already making adjustments, so that saving and shortening links in the new bitly is a whole lot easier.

Now, when you paste a link into the “Paste a link here…” box at the top of the page, it will be instantly saved when you paste it (no second click needed)— and the shortlink will be right there ready for you to copy. You can still edit the privacy, notes, or bundles, and of course share it.

For our browser tools (the bitmarklet and Chrome extension), the process is a little different. A common complaint prior to the new bitly was that 1-click saves via our browser tools created too many accidental shortlinks. Now you have the opportunity to confirm your save after your initial click.

If you need even more speed though, turn on 1-click saving in the browser tools by opening the dialog’s settings panel and checking the box. Bitmarks added via 1-click will be saved with your default privacy setting.

This new functionality is available on the website today, and we’re rolling out an update to the bitmarklet and Chrome extension over the next 24 hours.


Other Updates Thus Far

Here are a few more of the many changes we’ve already made in response to what we heard this week:

  • Copy and customize buttons on the newly expanded stats page
  • Chrome extension will now automatically add highlighted text to the notes field.
  • iPhone app 1.01 — fixes crashes when running on iPad, expands support for creating a new account without Facebook or Twitter.
  • Bulk actions got easier with the new dropdown button.
  • Gazillions of small bug fixes and UI tweaks.

And Keep the Feedback Coming!

Living things - from earthworms to pufferfish to people - all want to grow and strive to be more than they are. Products need to evolve and grow too, and bitly is no exception. Our goal is to make collecting, finding, and sharing content better for all of our members.

This relaunch  is to help more people take advantage of what bitly has to offer and expose useful, but buried, features in the old bitly - features that people wanted but most could not find or use well. We also added features that you have been asking for all along, such as the ability to easily find previously saved links, decide what links are private versus public, collaborate on bundles and more.

Our team sees every tweet, reads every comment, and will respond directly to all emails that are sent to us. We hear all of you! And we appreciate all your feedback. We’ll keep rapidly iterating to improve and smooth out rough edges based on our conversations with you.

Keep the feedback coming. Tweet @bitly or shoot us an email at support@bitly.com.