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Federal Government URL Shortener - Beta

I just discovered (but searching reveals that many others here on GovLoop already know this) that there is now an active beta site for feds to shorten their urls: lets government employees create short .gov URLs from official government domains, such as .gov, .mil,, or URLs.

We are currently beta testing registration is limited to people with .mil, .gov,, and email addresses. If you are a government employee and would like to use it, please register for an account. If you are a government employee, but are unable to register, please contact us. has shortened 6009 URLs that have been clicked 1111895 times.

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Comment by Firoze Lafeer on April 29, 2010 at 6:13pm
I would love to see an API to allow people to track activity/popularity.
Comment by Christopher Whitaker on April 28, 2010 at 10:30pm
Our state agency website is so long, that I end up telling people just to google us. I'd love to be able to shorten it up somehow on some of our sites
Comment by Lori Winterfeldt on April 28, 2010 at 5:26pm
Anyone in the VA using this?
Comment by David Fletcher on April 28, 2010 at 4:16pm
I use occasionally for url's. It's a nice service. The challenge is that I can't use it for everything so I bounce back and forth between it and and sometimes forget when I could have used it. I'd probably use it even more if it gave me the metrics that I get from I wish I could use the .edu for state universities also, but I can't.
Comment by Jon Lee on April 28, 2010 at 2:47pm
Nor states. But I'd rather it be this way then have it be open for people to abuse. It'll be great for analytics and most importantly, building trust
Comment by Adriel Hampton on April 28, 2010 at 1:32pm
Unfortunately, it's not available to the many local govs that use the .org domain. Having a stable shortener, though, is great.

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