There are times when I’ll be reading a story online through my BlackBerry browser and I’ll want to send a link to a friend. While the BlackBerry Browser supports sending a full link in an email there are some instances where a lengthy URL might be truncated and the person receiving it can’t click. Also, the BlackBerry has no method of shortening URLS for sending via SMS (as you might want to do if you are Twittering about a link). Here a useful program called bit.lify. This free program integrates directly into your BlackBerry browser enabling you to easily shorten and share URLS on the go.
bit.lify is made by Ubiquitous Systems, the same folks who are in beta testing with the Socialscope Twitter and Friendfeed status update tool for BlackBerry.
You can download bit.lify directly by using your BlackBerry Browser by visiting: http://bit.ly/3sKsSj
Once loaded, your BlackBerry Browser has a new menu option “bit.lify”. When selected, you’re presented with the following menu:
Select email and you’re page URL is bit.lify’ed
And placed into the body of an email, SMS or PIN message.
From here you can email, SMS or PIN the shortened URL to anywhere without worrying that the email will truncate the URL making it unusable for the receiver.
This is a very handy tool for anyone who sends Twitter messages via SMS because it will preserve precious character space while ensuring that the complete URL is transmitted.
There are no system requirements on the site. I tested this on my BlackBerry Bold without trouble. The program is presently free from the URL below.