There are tools that let you preview a shortened URL – one like this http://bit.ly/1TADdWI – before you click. One such tool is GetLinkInfo at http://www.getlinkinfo.com/. Just paste the shortened link into the search box, and you’ll find out what the original URL was, and get the targeted page’s title and description. With that information, you can chose to click or not.
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