About Go.IU

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Go.IU is a URL shortening service for students, faculty, and staff of Indiana University. It stores your shortened URLs in a database, allowing you to access them for as long as you wish. You can then remove them from the database when they are no longer needed and update them when desired.

You'll need to log in with your IU username and passphrase to shorten a URL, but anyone can visit short URLs without authentication.

Use Go.IU

After you log in, enter your long URL in the text field and select Shorten URL. Though Go.IU will accept any long URL, only those from IU domains (for example, iu.edu, indiana.edu, iupui.edu, etc.) will be treated as safe URLs. Go.IU will display your shortened URL (in the form https://go.iu.edu/xyzd), which you can then share with others.

  • Since Go.IU does not screen submitted URLs for malicious content, when you visit a URL that is not marked as safe/trusted, a warning message will display, requiring that you select Proceed. Proceed only if you trust the sender and understand the context of the message being sent.
  • Faculty and staff may request custom Go.IU URLs, which must be approved by UITS Enterprise Experience (goiureq@iu.edu) but do not give the warning screen when linking to non-IU domains.
  • If using QR codes, best practice (for accessibility, usability, privacy, and security) is to present both the QR code and the full destination URL.

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Last modified on 2024-02-09 16:06:36.