Malleable Musings

December 22, 2008

Cli.gs and the iPhone

Filed under: cli.gs, iphone — Brendan @ 11:25 pm

I’ve been flirting with Twitter recently and exploring various different clients on my iPhone including Twitteriffic, TwitterFon, Twinkle and Twitterlink which are all available through the AppStore.

I’m currently running several Twitter accounts, one of which is a pure newsfeed which is usually managed through Twitterfeed.  This is pushing various RSS feeds out for me, however not all link back to a site on which I’m running Analytics.

The default URL shortening service in Twitterfeed is TinyURL.  However today I changed this to Cli.gs which for me has several advantages:

  1. a shorter character count
  2. tracking (including hits over time, geo-location of hits, referrer counting, and social media counts)
  3. it works brilliantly with the iPhone as it’s a javascript call.

In a sense it replaces Twitterlink entirely for me and it has the advantage of pushing a shortened trackable URL.

To install on the iPhone it’s the usual trick of bookmarking a URL e.g. https://malleablemusings.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/?javascript:(function(){ window.open(‘http://cli.gs/cligs/new?url=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’&title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title)); })();

and then going in to edit your bookmark by deleting everything before the word javascript.

Brilliant!

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3 Comments »

  1. […] But wouldn’t be great to use the Cligs bookmarklet on your iPhone too? Well a Cligs user, Brendan from Malleable Musings, explains how in his blog post Cli.gs and the iPhone. […]

    Pingback by The Blog of Cligs - » How to Use Cligs on Your iPhone — December 23, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Very helpful! Thanks for the post!

    Comment by iPhone Guy — January 5, 2009 @ 3:31 am

  3. Vote for your favourite URL shortening service at:
    http://www.toprankblog.com/2009/01/11-best-url-shortening-services-vote-your-favorite/

    (Also good reviews of what’s out there.)

    Comment by Brendan — January 9, 2009 @ 2:34 pm


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