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Shorter, Simpler URLs for UCLA Web Pages

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Here’s a helpful site you should bookmark immediately. UCLA Communications & Public Outreach has launched a UCLA branded URL shortener at http://ucla.in. The service allows users to shorten a long URL, share it and then track the resulting usage, while keeping the UCLA name as part of the URL.

For example, ucla.in converts this long link:

http://map.ais.ucla.edu/portal/site/UCLA/menuitem.b67ecc2ab4bd59c1ae13e110f8 48344a/?vgnextoid=38b9f9c37ed01210VgnVCM100000e1d76180RCRD

into this short link:

http://ucla.in/92d9Sz

Unlike traditional URL shorteners, which can create URLs to any site, ucla.in only shortens UCLA web page links (containing ucla.edu). As this service grows, it can also act as a trusted URL to UCLA web pages for users.

Important Guidelines for Using Shortened URLs in the Portal

Though shortened links generated in ucla.in are ideal for use in email and print, this service is NOT intended to replace the current Portal standard for inserting links in Related Information or embedded links. You must still follow the appropriate method of inserting links by browsing for the article in VCM or by using “/go/<article ID>” or “/portal/”. Adhering to this standard will ensure the proper monitoring of Omniture analytics and broken links in the Portal.

You can also shorten the URL of any Portal article by clicking on its hyperlinked ID number located just above the title.

For more information, please go to http://ucla.in/9Hqfv7 or contact Mike Takahashi at mtakahashi@support.ucla.edu.

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Written by uclaportal

March 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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