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New Updates to ow.ly: Share, Vote, ReTweet!

By Jeff | 5 years ago | 31 Comments

Since we launched the ow.ly URL shortener, we’ve had over 250,000 ow.ly links created, which have generated over 1.7 million clicks. Yow!

Starting today, we’re launching some new features that should make ow.ly even more useful. It’s now a link-sharing utility belt. Check it out:

Share Easy with HootSuite

When you post an ow.ly link through HootSuite, anyone who clicks that link will see a header that includes:

  1. The Twitter avatar and name of the person who originally posted the link (with a link to their Twitter page.)
  2. The text of the original tweet with that ow.ly link, with a convenient “RT” button for re-tweeting.
  3. A Rating feature that lets you vote the page up or down.
  4. A “Share” button that lets you share the ow.ly link via social networking sites or via email:

Bookmarking Social Media

Your ow.ly links are now more shareable, more re-tweet-able, and they’ll give you more visibility.

You’ll still be able to track clickthroughs on ow.ly links you post via HootSuite, and you can still add your AdSense code to HootSuite to make a little money on the side.

Happy tweeting. Enjoy the new features.

25 comments
Jayson
Jayson

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Natural Antibiotic

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Virgil
Virgil

Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this

website? I'm getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I've had

issues with hackers and I'm looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Virgil,

This is a Wordpress blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Katie
Katie

@Ed The same thing is happening to me. What is going on? I loved the old picture/retweet functionality.

Ashok
Ashok

Its a good one.

Ashok kumar

Ed
Ed

My username and avatar no longer show up. The auto-retweet also strips out my username.

Ann-Marie Felming
Ann-Marie Felming

Sorry I am now thinking that it is because I used Hootsuite to shorten the url but didn'a actually post to Twitter from Hootsuite....is that why?

Ann-Marie Felming
Ann-Marie Felming

I just started using Hootsuite but I click on the shortened URL the retweet box shows "HootSuite-ultimate-Twitter-profile-management-toolbox http://ow.ly/6dio Rather than my original Tweet. Is it because I posted through Hellotxt instead of directly on Twitter?

Lisa McMillan
Lisa McMillan

+1 for wordpress plugin! I'm using the also-awesome wordtwit plugin right now, which uses tinyurl. If you folks could hook up, that would make one slick product.

ketsugi
ketsugi

Considering how much flak the Diggbar got for framing the redirected sites, I'm surprised Owly's doing the same thing. Is there a way for me to turn off the framing for any ow.ly URLs I visit?

Jeff
Jeff

@jim: Not easily. This is something we've been thinking about for a future update of our stats. You can vote for this feature in our GetSatisfaction forum: http://getsatisfaction.com/hootsuite.

@Charles: Thanks! No Wordpress plugin yet, but that's a great idea.

@Bo: An ow.ly API is in the works. Head over to http://ow.ly to sign up for updates.

jim
jim

Is there a way to track a single ow.ly link across all your Twitter accounts? If I post in more than one acct, or more than once in an acct, I have to search all over to find the posts w the links, then add them all together. Im sure there's an easier way, can you help? tks Jim

Cindy
Cindy

Hello! I am really digging Ow.ly. It's quickly becoming my favorite URL shorter, and once you get to the other few feature request I think it will. One problem though, with the sharing, the share service you use does not display well and my followers (including me) typically don't like the small popup. Also it doesn't offer very many social sites.

You should look into using AddToAny (addtoany.com) and have it appear in a regular sized tab. Also show a couple favicons like Facebook et al so normal users know what it does. Thanks guys!

Swagcodes
Swagcodes

It was working for a couple days, but now the ReTweet function just offers the title of the linked page, instead of my associated tweet. I also notice the ow.ly links we create are no longer associating with our tweets, and we loose the click-tracks per tweet we used to have.

Charles M. - Web Design in Portland Oregon
Charles M. - Web Design in Portland Oregon

Seems genius - do you have a Wordpress plugin or is that what it is? I just found you through a 'small business social media use' Twitter Search (search.twitter.com) for a presentation I'm giving Thursday - GREAT STUFF!

This looks way EASIER to use than Delicious or Digg - I think you could be the new gangster on the block! Toast to 1.7 million!

L
L

I was challenged about the legality of this frame by a twitter follower/lawyer. He is telling me that I am "personally slapping a frame around someone else's content. Offensive to me, if not illegal."

I have no idea what to tell this guy. Why would he think it is illegal?

Katherine
Katherine

I love it. Keep the good stuff coming!

Bo
Bo

Really nice. The magic of tinyurl.com is the ability to create it via script or command line. Does ow.ly have this functionality?

Nick Name
Nick Name

I love the way you think of the link - it's not only the url shortener anymore. Ow.ly is fabulous. It's a tool to check the link effectiveness, and together with the tweet schedule it's just such time-saving. And those new features - they are GORGEOUS. I wish somebody else is using ow.ly so that I could use the hootheader:)

ernstver
ernstver

Makes it interactive, folks!

Maria Karan
Maria Karan

Hi, nice update ...looks really nice ... BUT, ..LOL... the bar shows a random twitt, NOT the "The text of the original tweet with that ow.ly link ".. nothing to worry, just to let you know

Thanks !!

Peace