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Google has announced it is winding down its URL shortener named goo.gl starting April 13 2018 and asked users to consider using app-centric Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) or similar popular services like Bitly and Ow.ly as an alternative.

FDLs are smart URLs that allow one to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web platform. According to Michael Hermanto (a Software Engineer with Firebase) "Starting April 13, 2018, anonymous users and users who have never created short links before today will not be able to create new short links via the goo.gl console". 

If you have existing goo.gl short links, you can continue to use all features of goo.gl console for a period of one year, until March 30, 2019, when we will discontinue the console. You can manage all your short links and their analytics through the goo.gl console during this period. URL Shortener has been a great tool that we’re proud to have built. As we look towards the future, we’re excited about the possibilities of Firebase Dynamic Links, particularly when it comes to dynamic platform detection and links that survive the app installation process. We hope you are too!

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