Reveal TinyURL destination addresses with Bookmarklet

TinyURL is a great service, which provides you shorter URL, but who knows what's lurking on the other side of those links? They could be pointing at sites you've already visited, spam, malware, shock sites or other dangerous and time-wasting material. Protect yourself online by getting a heads-up! There’re many ways to reveal TinyURL, first […]

TinyURL is a great service, which provides you shorter URL, but who knows what's lurking on the other side of those links? They could be pointing at sites you've already visited, spam, malware, shock sites or other dangerous and time-wasting material. Protect yourself online by getting a heads-up!

There’re many ways to reveal TinyURL, first off, this Greasemonkey script can be used to reveal the destination address of TinyURL’s. But this script scan every site that you visit, that consumes your bandwidth, and it only works in Firefox.

Recently, I’ve come across a very nice tool, that automatically expands any TinyURLs embedded in the page.

Embiggen created a bookmarklet that uses Dapper service to expand any mysterious TinyURLs into their full version. You can use this Bookmarklet in two forms:

  1. Web Publishers: If you use TinyURLs a lot on your website (Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, MySpace etc), then you can put an Embiggen button on your page(see Demo under code box). Now your readers can know what they're getting before they click.

    Just copy/paste following code into your template:

     <input type="button" value="Embiggen" onclick="'Embiggen={"runnow":true};" var s="document.createElement("script");" s.type="text/javascript"; s.src="http://ghill.customer.netspace.net.au/embiggen/embiggen.js"; document.getelementsbytagname("head")[0].appendchild(s);'></input>
     

    Demo:


    http://TinyURL.com/2wj73j
    Home Page
    Slashdot
    http://tinyurl.com/87d
    tinyurl.com/2gwyv

  2. Browsers Integration: If you come across a lot of TinyURLs on the web, you can't bank on publishers being thoughtful enough to provide a magic button(as stated above). Instead, you can use a bookmarklet to do on-the-fly conversions on any page:

    All you have to do is right-click on the following address and add it to your bookmarks, or alternatively, you can drag the following link onto your browser's links bar.

    TinyURL Revealer

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