Q: When should I use the URL-shortening tool?
A: An scsu.mn URL is helpful in University publications where space is an issue. Also, people using University publications will be more likely to type a 15-character shortened URL, such as http://scsu.mn/1pHcokx, than a 93-character original URL. Our scsu.mn URLs are especially helpful on Twitter and other social networks where space is at a premium. Finally, an scsu.mn URL creates a less complex QR code that can be scanned more quickly and at greater distances.
Q: Can the tool shorten any URL?
A: Any web addresses from the stcloudstate.edu or scsuhuskies.com websites can be shortened. Only employees and students with a StarID and password can shorten URLs from non-university sites (e.g. youtube.com, sctimes.com, wjon.com, amazon.com).
Note: When generating URLs for non-university sites, the URLs must serve a University use such as class materials or University videos on YouTube.com. Misuse of the scsu.mn domain name will not be tolerated.
Q: How long are URLs active?
A: These shortened URLs never expire.
Q: Can the random letters after the scsu.mn domain name be customized. Can I make scsu.mn/HuskySpirit?
A: At this time, the system does not support custom URL shortening.
Q: Is there an application programming interface (API)?
A: The scsu.mn URL-shortener was created using the University’s Bit.ly account. The Bit.ly API allows users to integrate third-party software, such as Tweet Deck. For information about using API functionality, contact Adam Hammer at email@example.com.