New Features and Improvements: Search Your URLs, Add Notes, New Bookmarklet, and More!

We’re happy to announce another round of new features and improvements! Please let us know if you see anything that looks unusual or if you have questions.

Log In With Your Username or E-Mail Address

You can now log in to Go.USA.gov with either your username or e-mail address. Previously, you could only log in with your username.

Search Your Short URLs

When you log in to your account, you’ll see a new Search Your URLs tab where you can search for partial or full long URLs that you’ve previously shortened with Go.USA.gov. For example, you can search for just .mil or enter a more specific long URL, such as http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/State- and-Territories.shtml, to find all of your short URLs that point to this destination.

Add Notes to Short URLs

Now you can add notes to each short URL that you create. To add a note, click on the “notes” link under a short URL in your history and then save. You can also access this new feature via the short URL details link.

Shorten URLs from Your Browser with the Bookmarklet

Shorten URLs directly from your browser with our new bookmarklet. To add it to your browser’s bookmark bar, visit your profile by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the screen. There you’ll see a link you can drag to your browser’s bookmark bar. Now visit a website and click the “Go.USA.gov URL Shorten” link in your bookmark bar to shorten the URL for that page.

We know that right now after you shorten a link, you can't select it and copy it. We are working to fix that as soon as we can.

Download Improved CSV Exports

Log into your account to download a CSV file that shows all of your short URLs, their corresponding long URL, the date it was created, number of clicks, and more. We fixed the date field so it shows the full date the URL was created instead of just the month and year.

Use the API to Get All Short URLs

We added a new API method so you can get a list of every URL you’ve ever shortened. See the Export Method in the API documentation for details.

Other Minor Improvements

We made a few other changes, like improving URL validation, adding the ability to shorten URLs from FTP sites or from websites that use a non- standard port number, and upgrading to the latest version of Drupal.

Known Issues

Unfortunately, when implementing these changes, we accidentally removed the URL description that automatically appeared when shortening a new URL. We also know that you can’t copy the short URL from the bookmarklet’s message

We will fix these issues and any others we might find in our next release, which is currently scheduled for March 2014.