NAME

WWW::Shorten::Googl - Perl interface to http://goo.gl/

SYNOPSIS

  use strict;
  use warnings;

  use WWW::Shorten::Googl; # OR
  # use WWW::Shorten 'Googl';

  # $ENV{GOOGLE_API_KEY} should be set

  my $url = 'http://metacpan.org/pod/WWW::Shorten::Googl';
  my $short_url = makeashorterlink($url);
  my $long_url  = makealongerlink($short_url);

  # Note - this function is specific to the Googl shortener
  my $stats = getlinkstats( $short_url );

DESCRIPTION

A Perl interface to the http://goo.gl/ URL shortening service. Googl simply maintains a database of long URLs, each of which has a unique identifier.

FUNCTIONS

The function makeashorterlink will call the Googl web site passing it your long URL and will return the shorter Googl version.

If you provide your Google username and password, the link will be added to your list of shortened URLs at http://goo.gl/.

See AUTHENTICATION for details.

The function makealongerlink does the reverse. makealongerlink will accept as an argument either the full URL or just the identifier.

getlinkstats

Given a http://goo.gl/ URL, returns a hash ref with statistics about the URL.

See http://code.google.com/apis/urlshortener/v1/reference.html#resource_url for information on which data can be present in this hash ref.

AUTHENTICATION

To use this shorten service, you'll first need to setup an API Key.

Once you have that key setup, you will need to set the GOOGLE_API_KEY environment variable to use that key.

AUTHOR

Magnus Erixzon <magnus@erixzon.com>

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Chase Whitener <capoeirab@cpan.org>

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2004, Magnus Erixzon <magnus@erixzon.com>.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

SEE ALSO

WWW::Shorten, http://goo.gl/, API Reference