Expand URLs and Get Traffic Summaries Before Clicking with the bit.ly Preview Plugin for Firefox
One of the most frequent requests we hear from users is, “I wish there was some way I could know what a bit.ly link is before I click on it.” Now you can do this!
With the bit.ly Preview Plugin for Firefox, whenever you hover over a bit.ly URL on any web page, we display a tooltip showing the Page Title, Long URL, and any Click Data we have about the page the URL links to. If you hover over another short URL, http://tinyurl.com/5qhkwo, for example, we show the Page Title and Long URL for these links as well. Plus, we check to see if anyone made a bit.ly link pointing to the same place, and, if so, we show how many clicks it has received. All this info should help you decide if a link is worth checking out or not.
As an added bonus for Twitter users, if you are browsing any page on twitter.com and you hover over a link to another Twitter user’s page, we display a preview tooltip that shows this person’s full name, location, bio, website, and photo. So if you see one of your friends tweet @ someone you don’t know, you can quickly see who it is without going to a new page.
You can install the bit.ly Preview Extension for Firefox by clicking this link:
Let us know if you find this useful by tweeting @bitly, dropping a comment on this blog post, or sending feedback to our forum.
Here is where the download page will be on Mozilla:
Right now, we still have “experimental” status, so you have to be login to be able to download the plugin from this page. Please login, add some reviews, and rate the extension so we can get approved fully!
If you don’t have a Mozilla acount, here’s the page on bit.ly where you can get the extension: http://bit.ly/goodies
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