Hi, my name is Tim Leland and I am the creator of Link Shortener Extension which has over 350,000 active users.
My goal was to make creating short links a one-click process. This led me to create a browser extension that makes it super easy to create, share, and track short URLs. The idea for the extension came when I read that Google was shutting down its URL shortener service back in March 2019, I decided that there would be a big demand for another link shortener service and extension.
Once the browser extension started gaining traction, I quickly realized, I needed my own URL shortener service that was reliable and had the features I wanted. This led me to create TLY. T.LY has over 8 million short URLs and has tracked over 70 million clicks. T.LY is an affordable alternative to other URL shorteners and offers features such as custom domains, stats, smart URLs, and more.
When looking for ideas for your next browser extension, take a look at the top 100 extensions and see which ones could be improved. In my case, I saw that Google was killing their URL shortener and the most popular URL Shortener extension only used Google’s shortener and has over a million users. I knew that when it no longer worked, people would look for alternatives. This allowed my extension to grow rapidly and reach 350,000+ active users.