A url shortener is used to take a very long link and make it shorter. The shorten links are more easily shared then their longer counterparts, since the longer urls may get cut off in email or other ways of messaging.
Google offers a url shortener at https://goo.gl, which works well when you want to copy and paste, but what if you want to do it faster? That’s where the goo.gl URL Shortener extension for Google Chrome comes in handy.
Once installed, a new icon will show up in the toolbar, and when you click on it, the extension will shorten the url with goo.gl and allow you to copy it into the clipboard. The extension can also show the url as a QR code, so it’s a quick way to create QR codes of websites too.