Snip-n-Tag

April 3rd, 2011

snipntag_smIn April I launched version 1 of Snip-n-Tag, which is a firefox sidebar add-on that makes it easy to shorten links, while also adding campaign tracking tags for Google Analytics. Currently Snip-n-Tag supports 5 popular URL shortening services, and more are in the works.

You can install the add-on from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11492

To use Snip-n-Tag after installing, click View->Sidebar->Snip-n-Tag.

Feel free to leave comments below, or at the official add-on page.  Alternatively, email feedback to snipntag – at – tysonkirksey.com, or find me on twitter at www.twitter.com/tysonkirksey

**Update**
Version 1.5 is released and available at the URL above. New features include support for bit.ly, improved UI design and user account support for tr.im and bit.ly.  Various bug fixes were also included in the 1.5 release.

**Update**
Version 1.7.2 is release and available at the URL above. I’ve finally added support for all five Google Analytics campaigns variables, as well as support for the goo.gl shortener.

  1. May 27th, 2009 at 18:41 | #1

    We love snip n tag! Thank you so much for developing! We’re tagging all of our campaign links on a daily basis, so this is a real time saver.

  2. June 16th, 2009 at 12:03 | #2

    Love this add-on! It’s great!

    With version 1.5, I get ‘ERROR’ when I try to snip-n-tag on bit.ly (with our without my account info entered). Works great on Tr.im with account info entered though.

  3. June 16th, 2009 at 12:26 | #3

    Thanks Dave, I’ll look into that situation. Thanks for the bug report.

  4. June 25th, 2009 at 09:46 | #4

    Is there some instructions on how to use it? I installed it, but the only options that show up are to add a bit.ly account or a tr.im acct. How does one actually shorten URLs or add tracking codes? I don’t see an option to turn on the extension or see it in any sidebar.

  5. June 25th, 2009 at 09:56 | #5

    Hi Jill,

    Click on View->Sidebar->Snip-n-Tag and it will appear.

    Thanks for trying, and please post back with your thoughts!

    Tyson

  6. July 17th, 2009 at 13:11 | #6

    { “errorCode”: 203, “errorMessage”: “You must be authenticated to access shorten”, “statusCode”: “ERROR” }

    I get this when trying to use bit.ly. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

  7. July 17th, 2009 at 13:29 | #7

    Hi Sean,

    I can’t seem to replicate this error – please provide some more details so I can investigate. Are you using your own Bit.ly username and API key? Did this happen immediately after installing, or did it just recently start showing errors?

    Thanks,
    Tyson

  8. June 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 | #8

    I think I found what was wrong… I’ve had the same issue :)
    When you paste the API Key, if there is a trailing space, the authentication fails!
    I removed the space and it works.
    Kindly, Alban

    PS: I think it is a great tool to increase productivity Tyson, thank you very much!!!

  9. Luca
    September 7th, 2010 at 09:54 | #9

    Hi Tyson,
    Snip-n-Tag is a wonderful application.
    But don’t you think that the utm_content parameter is necessary?

    Luca

  10. September 7th, 2010 at 09:57 | #10

    Hi Luca,

    Thanks for the feedback! I think the utm_content parameter will make an appearance shortly, in the next update. I have received this feedback from other users as well. Please let me know if you have any other additions you would like to see!

    Best,
    Tyson

  11. Luca
    September 9th, 2010 at 09:52 | #11

    Good!
    I don’t have other suggestions.
    Now I wait impatiently the next release :) thank you.

    Luca

  12. November 16th, 2010 at 14:36 | #12

    Hi,

    I used bit.ly with snip n’ tag. The posts are getting retweeted but since I started using snip n’tag, they’re not showing up. Do I got to a different place to find the number of people that clicked on them?

    Thanks!

  13. November 17th, 2010 at 14:57 | #13

    Hi Barbara,

    No, you should use the same reports as always with Bit.ly. Did you enter your bit.ly account information into the Snip-n-Tag options?

    Thanks,
    Tyson

  14. Luca
    February 23rd, 2011 at 07:18 | #14

    Good job Tyson!
    Thank you for the Snip-n-tag update!

    Luca

  15. April 1st, 2011 at 06:05 | #15

    Hi,
    we use Gpoogle Analytics for analizing our web-activity. I installed Snip-n-Tag with a side-bar. I can see the link-shorteting feature and I would like to track tags from our corporate Twitter. How should I use it?

  16. April 1st, 2011 at 07:13 | #16

    Hi Lidiya,

    Before you shorten a URL, input some GA variables like source and medium. They can be anything you want, but for Twitter I like to put twitter in the source box and social in the medium box. Then when users come to your site via those links, you can track them in Google Analytics.

    Thanks for using Snip-n-Tag, and let me know if you have other questions!

  17. April 3rd, 2011 at 14:42 | #17

    Hi Tyson,
    First of all this plug-in rocks. I love it. I’m actually going to write a blog about it telling my followers how wonderful it is.

    Question though, what are the new “keyword” and “content” features for? Does that utilize a keyword in the link at all, or is it strictly for tracking purposes.

  18. April 3rd, 2011 at 20:47 | #18

    Jerry,

    Thanks for your kind words. The keyword and content fields are additional Google Analytics campaign variables. Snip-n-Tag now supports all five GA campaign variables, since several people had that feature request. You can use as many or as few fields as you like – they are simply there as options.

    Thanks,
    Tyson

  19. June 11th, 2012 at 08:52 | #19

    Hello Tyson,
    I still believe you have a great tool (as I commented 2 years ago ;p )but have moved away from Firefox most of the time now.
    Would you have motivation for Snip-n-tag for Google Chrome?
    Kindly, Alban

  1. April 18th, 2009 at 10:29 | #1