Introducing Short Hive Links with MyHive.li

in HiveDevs23 days ago (edited)

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https://myhive.li

Some time ago I noticed that promoting Hive through Instagram and other social media that relies on microblogging is inconvenient with the long post links. In addition, microblogging dapps being built for Hive have no concise way to offer short links for in-Hive referencing. The need for a Hive short links tool became apparent.

The problem with short links is there were no Hive-specific solutions; links that belonged to the Hive ecosystem.

Why My Hive?

My Hive allows for Hive ecosystem links to be shortened. It only works on links generated from the following domains:

  • hive.blog
  • hiveblocks.com
  • peakd.com
  • dpoll.io

How to Use MyHive.li

  1. Go to https://myhive.li
  2. Enter the URL you want to shorten
  3. Click "Shorten" OR "Customize Link"
  4. IF you clicked "Customize Link" then enter your desired URL phrase and then click "Shorten"
  5. Copy your generated link and use

Custom Links

My Hive supports custom short links. You may formulate your own links URL as you see fit.

Two popular key words have been omitted from the permitted words that make up the custom short link URLs. These two words are "Hive" and "Steem". Why? To prevent anything from sounding too "official" and to encourage creative custom URLs. Think out of the box. Besides, "Hive" is already in the domain portion of the URL.

Tracking

My Hive comes with a tracking feature which is currently not publicly available. I'm able to look up the stats however. If you're using it for a campaign and wish to track your clicks, just let me know and I'll look it up for you when I have a minute.

Notes

Should a link be created with the clear intent to deceive, it will be deactivated.

Several offensive words are blacklisted from being included in the custom short URLs. More will be added as they come up. I reserve the right to blacklist words at my sole discretion if they are being used to spread racism or similar.

Updates and additional security features will be applied as needed.

If you mistakenly submit a URL you wish to delete or alter, let me know and I'll help you. This is for extreme cases where a grave mistake is made somehow.

Roadmap

Will try to get an API up for the links once I have some time.

Bugs

If a URL isn't shortening for some reason, change it from peakd.com to hive.blog or add a trailing slash at the end "/".

This tool is still a work in progress.


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Nice work. This can be a useful tool. 😀

Oh nice. So, it's like Hive's version of TinyURL.

Exactly.

Wow - cool idea and soo useful.
Will use it for #BeerSaturday to pronoun Twitter and other social channels.

Good to hear you got a use for it.

That is just useful. Thanks!

Very useful tool, well done.

Good ol' GP, constantly finding new ways to ensure our Hive ecosystem can beat all the censorship out there in this world, in particular on the internet!

Hive is ALIVE!

And TinyURL comes to Hive :), are you using block chain for saving and retrieving the Short and Long URL

I hope that is not the case but if yes that can be a good spam to the chain. 😉

I was thinking if it can be a json_metadata than I don't think so it will spam

It can but it's overkill at this point.

Great, I frequently share my Hive link on facebook, it will be useful for most of us. Thank you

Cool and useful project. Thank you GP

Great news and thanks! I hope scammers won't use it. Would be a shame.

Bravo. This is one of those why this wasn't done before things 😁

Statistics (for premium accounts) would be a nice feature.

I had to test it right away. It works, of course.

The link: https://myhive.li/crossing-pohorje

The usage on Twitter:

Bravo!

Just tried this great new service @guiltyparties, as I can see how it would be very useful. And I had an immediate "candidate" for shortening ...

My browser of choice is the Brave browser. Your website comes up, but shortening the provided URL did not work. I lowered the shields. Same thing. It did not work.

I switched to my Edge browser (I am on a Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit, workstation). It still did not work. Just a blank screen ...

Ditto on Chrome (the browser I try to avoid like the "plague" ...) ...

Please advise. I know this is new, so surely it is understandable there may be some quirks to iron out.

FYI, the URL I was attempting to shorten: https://peakd.com/hive-174578/@roleerob/two-years-on-the-hive-blockchain

Thanks for letting me know. I see why it is and will fix it shortly. (While I'm getting this fixed, just add a trailing slash to the URL and it will work)

Okay @guiltyparties, I tried this entry (for the URL above) in the "Customise Link" field:

Two_Years_on_the_Hive_Blockchain/

Still did not work. On any of the browsers mentioned. In addition, this is what I get, in response, once clicking the "Shorten" button:

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What internet service provider are you with?

Comcast and I use a VPN service with it.

Interesting. Had issues with Dish before but not Comcast. Have you tried it with the VPN off?

No, as I have never had issues with it on. I will try it off though and get back to you shorty.

With my VPN off, same result on all 3 browsers @guiltyparties. On both Edge and Chrome, I just have an entirely red page with nothing on it. On Brave, I have the error I provided you an image of above.

All after clicking on the "Shorten" button ...

The short URL is perfect for communities as I can't remember the hive number.

I just made https://myhive.li/rtw for the Review the World community.

The challenge for HIVE posts is that a post is only live for seven days. The ultimate URL shortener for HIVE would have links that could be updated. This is a huge hassle as it would require a HiveSigner login.

It looks like the start of a great URL shortening service.

I don't want to go all out and integrate it into the chain right now. It does have custom json capabilities so a lot is possible in the future.

Thank you! This is so cool and will be useful for sharing on other channels.

Upped and Reposted

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That's great!
Now you can shorten url using this tool. It would be awesome if we could track as well. Thank you @guiltyparties!

pretty sweet, great work!