Twitter will shorten the long URLs automatically by bit.ly, so that you can tweet more words and track how many times your links are clicked. Besides bit.ly, there are more than 200 websites which also offer short URL services.
When the URL is shortened, you won’t know where it will be redirected until you click it. So, you may be in risk if there is virus or shit. The risk will be reduced if you can preview the original URL before visiting it.
Another reason to expand the short URL is that some short URL services are blocked in some countries, and you are not able to access the short URL page directly.
Luckily, there are some services for you to expand the short URL, and among those URL expanding services, below 10 should be the best and their services are all free.
LongURL will display the page review as well as the conversations of the original URL.
You can install the LongURL Mobile Expander to your Firefox as an extension or a Greasemonkey script. When you move the cursor over the short URL, you will see the original URL and the page title. LongURL also offers API for web developers.
With ExpandMyURL, you are able to drag the ExpandMyUrl bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar. When you click the bookmarklet button in whatever page with short URLs, the short URLs will be green and redirected to ExpandMyURL homepage, from which you can see what the original links are.
Besides to expand short URL, Expandurl also offers the page preview of the original URL. There is no bookmarklet, but API for web developers.
4. Long URL Please
It is not available to expand short URLs on the webpage of Long URL Please, but you are able to use the API, to install the Firefox extension or to drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar. The expanded URL will be displayed in the status bar.
PrevURL expands the short URL and displays the page preview of the original URL, but sometimes the preview is not workable. You are able to install the search plugin for Firefox or Internet Explorer, when you put the short URL in the search box and click the search button, you can see the expanding result in the PrevURL webpage.
You can expand the short URL in Realurl homepage, or to use the API.
Realurl also shows the latest pictures on Twitter and the most shared YouTube videos.
You are only able to expand the short URL on the Sucuri website, no API or plugins, but it offers safe browsing checking service from Google and Site Advisor.
You are able to drag the Unhid Bookmarklet to your Bookmarks Toolbar, when you click on the short URL in any page, you can choose to visit the Unhid homepage or the original page directly.
Untiny offers API as well as plugins, you can install the Firefox Search Engine or the Untiny Greasemonkey script, which will expand all the short URLs in the page you search.
Untr.im is so simple that you only can expand a short URL from its homepage, but it will show the header of the original URL page.
Among the above 10 services, my favorite is LongURL, which one is your favorite? Or do you have any other websites to expand short URLs? Share with us by adding a comment.