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Google Go Links (AKA Google Short Links) #865

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joonas-fi opened this issue Jan 16, 2021 · 8 comments
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Google Go Links (AKA Google Short Links) #865

joonas-fi opened this issue Jan 16, 2021 · 8 comments

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@joonas-fi
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joonas-fi commented Jan 16, 2021

Google's URL shortening service (one of them), with possibly some browser-plugin support for typing go/<your-link-id> tied to your own organization's short links (maybe this concept is known as go links). They also offered you a subdomain, e.g go.yourdomain.com/your-link-id.

I tried pretty hard, but couldn't find a public URL for this EOL announcement. To be fair, even coverage of this service's existence is a bit scarce. All I have is this email (below screenshot) and I'm pretty sure it's because I have http://go.xs.fi/ (it's operated by Google) with links added by me previously, here's one public link: http://go.xs.fi/hp_procurve_2626

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Here's a screenshot of the UI:

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I couldn't find date when this service was launched (the Medium article I linked to mentions "around 2010" which coincides with some of my links' "last access" being in 2013 and one link I had was to a document originating in 2010 but I can't remember when I created the short link), so I'll leave the date blank in my PR.

I also have to link the URL here because there's not much info on this service. But it was a service that Google offered for me and it annoys me that the "forever" URLs will be breaking.

@Waffull
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Waffull commented Mar 7, 2021

Anyone have an alternate for this service? I've used it since it was opened with my domain... many hundreds of links.

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@Greek
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Greek commented Mar 12, 2021

Anyone have an alternate for this service? I've used it since it was opened with my domain... many hundreds of links.

Thanks,

@Waffull coincidentally enough, there is a similar service named GoLinks! same concept, different companies

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Waffull commented Mar 25, 2021 via email

@leoherzog
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We use this at my employer as well. Tomorrow is the last day that this service will be available.

It hasn't supported SSL ever, and I'm surprised it took this long for Google to remember that it existed.

@margaretjschneider
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Does anyone know of a contact to check in about data export from this service besides requesting it through the Google Form?

I requested my data from this service on my personal domain via the provided Google Form exactly a month ago today, when I saw someone talking about it (I missed the single email about it back in January). But I still haven't received the data, and of course now the service is shut down. So I'm concerned I won't be able to get the data anymore at this point.

I rerequested it today, but I'm curious what others' experience has been in this regard, i.e., whether you ever received your data if you requested it. I wish I had done what Marc did above and at least copied and pasted the data from the web interface.

@Waffull
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Waffull commented Jun 24, 2021 via email

@codyogden
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Resolved in #866

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For anyone looking in the future for the EOL announcement, it's at https://support.google.com/a/answer/11568987.

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