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Ambassador
5,794,948
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I don't know what the "official" answer is but the way I use them is when I share a post outside of ActiveRain.  This way I can see if my posts are being viewed by someone outside of AR. 

Dec 20, 2015 02:38 AM
Rainer
94,105
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Here ya go. Can't explain it any better than this.

Dec 20, 2015 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
564,720
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

1.  Makes it easier/less messy to post on social media (less clutter)

2.  you can track how many people click from social media.

Dec 20, 2015 04:35 AM
Rainmaker
634,482
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Easier for Twitter and other social media shares.

Dec 20, 2015 04:23 PM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers it's just additional stats we get on ActiveRain - just to get an idea how Short URL's are doing.

I specially use it on Twitter.

Dec 20, 2015 01:51 PM
Rainmaker
1,771,867
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It is all about tracking

Dec 20, 2015 12:19 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I use them to post on social media and then I can track the activity on the traffic report. It also helps on Twitter when character are limited.

Dec 20, 2015 11:23 AM
Rainmaker
2,443,200
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't get this either, I will read on.

Dec 20, 2015 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
687,086
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

When you share your blog on Twitter? You just want to keep your link short?

Dec 20, 2015 04:46 AM
Rainmaker
688,900
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I use the short URL for posting my posts to Facebook. That way, I can track the number of views (clicks) from my AR stats page.

Dec 20, 2015 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,723,426
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I think David Barr might be ono something with his response. Perhaps Bob Stewart can shed some light on this topic?

Dec 20, 2015 03:40 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It allows for a short URL on platforms, such as Twitter, where you are limited to 140 characters.

Dec 20, 2015 03:18 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think Val nailed it with her link.

Dec 20, 2015 02:58 AM
Rainmaker
909,328
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Most people use them for Twitter because of the limited amount a characters Twitter allows. Easier to text also. Saves time. Won't hurt your seo like many people seem to think.

Dec 20, 2015 02:41 AM
Ambassador
3,727,581
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Aren't the for sharing on Twitter or Facebook?

Dec 20, 2015 02:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,499,368
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Short URL is for services like Twitter that limit characters.  It also allows you to have your url say activ.ra/2438u293  instead of "www.activerain/blogs/the twelve reasons everyone should drive a ferrari instead of a pinto"  (obviously neither of these are active links).  Makes things cleaner.

Dec 20, 2015 01:54 AM
Rainmaker
3,626,524
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Well when you find out let us know.  Not a clue 

Dec 20, 2015 01:47 AM
Rainmaker
5,096,866
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I believe the correct answer is what Kathy Streib said. I do the short on my Twitter from Active Rain Posts.

Dec 20, 2015 09:06 PM
Rainmaker
2,759,787
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I think the purpose was to be used in twitter are possibly Facebook. I don't know.

Dec 20, 2015 06:10 PM
Rainmaker
898,368
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

For sharing, or for linking your own previous posts to your newer blogs.

Dec 20, 2015 10:22 AM
Rainmaker
212,755
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

It is mostly to make it easier and to take up less characters when posting on social media.

Dec 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Tony,

I used to use them, but as many have mentioned short URL's are suspect.  

Dec 20, 2015 09:08 AM
Ambassador
6,362,764
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

For tracking purposes, for example, you can post a short url on fb to see how many clicks you are getting there.

Dec 20, 2015 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have ot tried the short links and I don't click on them very often

Dec 20, 2015 07:50 AM
Rainmaker
5,852,044
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have not used the short URLs, but click on the link I want to share.   I know we have to use them for Facebook, or the photos do not show up correctly.

Dec 20, 2015 07:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,820
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 

Go to your photo under STATs.

 I believe that is the traffic indicator when you EXPORT all url links ...

Someone actually viewed it outside AR? .....

For example, I have 680,830 views on various blogs, and have 96 total url short links since July 2015.

What I do not understand there is a untitled next to URL stats. No one yet has answered it.

Dec 20, 2015 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
2,172,663
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I visit other people's FB pages and type in the short URL and it populates the blog post on their FB wall. Also some times I use it with just one social media group and I can see how many Views came from just that group !!!

Dec 20, 2015 04:42 AM
Rainmaker
7,799,084
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The advantage is simply a shorter URL. It may be important when space is limited such as on Twitter.

Dec 20, 2015 02:46 AM
Rainmaker
979,496
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tony and Suzanne - I think Val Evans has provided a great link to explain short URLs.

Dec 22, 2015 08:16 AM