Learn more about the Go Links service by navigating the questions below. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, you can reach out to the Go Links administrators for more specific help.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is allowed to use this service?
- I'm unsure if I'm allowed to make a certain link.
- Does Go Links offer QR Codes?
- What are Go Link Modifiers and how can I use them?
- Are statistics available for my Go Link?
- How can I share access to manage Go Links?
- How can I use tags to manage my Go Links?
- I have a problem with a Go Link someone else created.
- My link target is marked as unsafe. What does this mean?
- My Go Link target URL performs multiple redirects. Is this bad?
- Does Go Links have an API?
Only users with a Unity ID and password may login to the Go Links service and create links.
- Faculty and staff at NC State can login and create custom links.
- Students can create randomized Go Links, but cannot create Go Links with custom URL text.
- Guest users can visit links, but cannot manage or create links.
Absolutely. You can generate a QR code for your Go Link by adding
.qr to the end of your
Go Link. For example:
You can use a QR code the same way you use your tranditional Go Link URL; the QR Code will always point to the target URL specified for the Go Link. You are free to use the QR code on printed materials, in emails, and other media formats.
"Modifiers" are pieces of text that you can add to the end of your Go Link identified after a colon.
go.ncsu.edu/google (no modifier)
go.ncsu.edu/google:twitter (modifier = twitter)
Use modifiers to enhance the statistics you are collecting for a single link. For example, instead of having to create multiple Go Links for multiple marketing campaigns, just create one Go Link, and then use modifiers for the different mediums you are using.
Detailed modifier names are allowed, if preferred, such as;
You do not have to set up modifiers ahead of time. Simply add them to any Go Link at any time. The statistics will be recorded for the overall total for the Go Link's hits (modifier or not), and specifically for each time a modifier is used.
It is important to note that only the first modifier will be acknowledged. For example, if you had go.ncsu.edu/google:twitter:facebook, the statistics will be recorded as if "twitter:facebook" is a single modifier. You will not get separate statistics for Facebook and for Twitter in that example.
A Go Link that points to a redirected URL, including other shortlink services (bit.ly, TinyURL) is not recommended. Google actively blocks emails that include Go Links with multiple redirects. Additionally, by combining the Go Links service with other link shortening services, you increase the risk that your Go Link can be compromised and used maliciously.