The way we discover and share content is being transformed

Sharing has evolved exponentially.  A thought, an interest, an idea used to be limited for most to those in their immediate surroundings.  Now we are immersed in an online world of social media that channel and convert our interests into content that is dispersed to the reaches of our interconnected communities.  We have never had so much capacity for something so basic and human as sharing ourselves with others.

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The ways we share will continue to evolve.  But as new online solutions have connected us, their indirect consequences have thrown up certain difficult challenges:

  1. There is already an ocean of content produced by multitudes and we need solutions to better organize all that information and bring us to the content that is relevant and important to us.
  2. The glue that holds the Internet together are its links and when we share we need to be able to communicate our interests with clarity and efficiency.  Interminably long links or those that are shortened to a meaningless fragment need to be replaced with links that are short and meaningful.
  3. As our reach and message have grown more complex we should have better tools to help us understand how effective our sharing effort actually is.  This should be effortlessly interwoven into the process of sharing.
  4. Some active users of the social media devote extraordinary time to make a significant contribution to their communities, and to make this investment of time happen some ask for financial compensation.  A platform is needed that divides commercial and non-commercial sectors, but that puts individuals with their networks into contact with businesses and their need for publicity.  This exchange should be as smooth as it is mutually beneficial.

Clickug (http://clickug.com) is a new place now with a new platform that addresses these challenges.  A seamless integration of discovery, sharing, analysis, and soon the possibility of being compensated for it.

Already you can find engaging trending content by number of clicks that is presented with a clean visual appeal.  Share it on any social network using short links that actually have personality and stand out and drive more clicks on that content.  In the same action check how your link is actually spreading over the Internet to know better your true impact.  Finally, if you want to enjoy the process of sharing and win money doing it, it will soon be as easy as clicking on the product or service you want to endorse and sharing the news with your community.  It will be an exchange that is simple and secure.

Clickug is evolving so you can share like this.  It is our vision of “wonderful sharing”.

Create “dressed links” from any page you visit and allow others to do so from your website or blog

Clickug is a free marketing tool that helps users and webmasters obtain more visits through the use of short and fully descriptive links

(Barcelona, January 15, 2014) –Clickug.com (http://clickug.com) just released their bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. The tool allows the user to create fully personalized links from any web page they are browsing, without having to visit Clickug.com. One only has to drag the icon visible on top of the homepage and drop it onto the bookmarks or favorites bar of the browser. In this way, when the user clicks on the bookmark, they can create a descriptive link pointing to the page they are visiting.

In its second month of activity, Clickug has also made available to webmasters and bloggers a button (widget) to incorporate into their web page.  It allows any reader to share the site’s content in a new and powerful way with short and fully personalized links. The button, which can be used for free, activates easily and instantly (http://clickug.com/button) by copying a few lines of code in the website or blog. The owner of the page can choose between two sizes, and the option to select the default word they want to appear as the domain. Otherwise, it is the user who will decide between the more than 2,000 words Clickug offers to create descriptive links.

In the case of both the bookmarklet and the button, once you create the link you can instantly share it from the same page on the main social networks or by email. The user also has free statistics that can be accessed from their account or by adding a plus sign “+” at the end of the short link. And if more detail is needed, one can enjoy full stats for 30 days without commitment by registering through this link: https://clickug.com/?trial=true

Clickug launched in beta last month in English, Spanish and Catalan.  The service allows the user to transform any long and meaningless link into another one that is short and descriptive with high visual appeal that generates more clicks. This process is called “Link Dressing”. The new link is composed of a generic domain followed by a random code (http://iloveyou.wf/9aaAiE) or a personalization assigned by the user (http://video.wf/Links.That.Talk).

About Clickug

Clickug (http://clickug.com) is the first URL shortener that allows you to create fully personalized links from a list of over 2000 domains.  The company is located in the facilities of Barcelona Activa, one of the most prestigious accelerators in Europe for innovative technology start-ups.

More information:

Videos: http://videos.wf/clickug

Press: http://clickug.com/press

December Newsletter: Now you can create all your links free whatever their length

Happy New Year!

Clickug is now one month old and we want to introduce to you the improvements we’ve made in recent weeks thanks to comments and suggestions from users like you.

Create ALL YOUR LINKS FREE

Starting today you can create fully personalized links of any length, FREE. This is including if your personalization is short (for example: http://video.wf/positivity). Remember that your link can point to any page you want it to, and you can share it on any social network or website.

Now it is MORE SIMPLE TO CREATE YOUR LINK

We have also enabled a more simple and intuitive way to create your links on a single page. There is nothing preventing you from sharing content in an attractive and impressive way.

  1. Paste a destination page.
  2. Select a word for the domain of your short link.
  3. If you want to you can personalize the end (this is optional)
  4. Click the button to create the link.

Create your links FROM THE BROWSER

We have created a “bookmarklet” button that allows you to create attractive links from any page while you are browsing. There is no need to come to the site of Clickug to make links. The bookmarklet is activated instantly.

- Drag the button you’ll find on our home page or in your user account to the bookmarks bar of your browser.

- And you can start to recommend pages with attractive links while you browse. Just click on the new button of your bookmarks bar, and share what you like with your friends, colleagues or clients.

Make the most of CLICKUG

TIP - Do you know how to view the statistics of your links? You just add a plus sign “+” at the end of the link that you have created and the page will display its stats (for example: http://noticia.wf/9aayjZ+). You can also access statistics from the list of links in your user account and select it from there.

TIP - Did you know that you can change the destination address of your fully personalized links? From your user account go to the page that lists the links you have created, and click on top of the destination URL to modify it. You will have all the history of changes in the same place.

FEATURED LINK from the last month

http://music.wf/FME/NewAlbum

Contact

Help us to improve, we need your feedback!
https://clickug.com/contact

What happened to our links?

Sharing is supposed to be wonderful, and yet unattractive meaningless links are spreading throughout the online world.  The option is either sharing an interminably long URL or shortening it to a senseless fragment.  We’ve been left with links that do nothing more than redirect and tell us little about the content to which it is pointing or the results it generates. 

This is not a system adapted to our passion for sharing good content in a clean and efficient way.  In the communities we belong to and shape we should be able to create impressive links that deliver a message about what the link contains.  A link that screams, “click me” instead of making people think, “Why should I click here?”.

Clickug (https://clickug.com/) is one new service that is redeeming the valued position links should have for daily sharing rather than the strictly utilitarian role they’ve been assigned.  Making links say something more meaningful so communities will click on and engage content that stands out.

This is the new direction sharing should go.

Top 100 Blog on Technology believes Clickug is “Cool”

The blog, MakeUseOf.com shared with their nearly 500,000 subscribers the benefits of Clickug in the latest edition of “Cool Websites & Tools”.  Clickug has been certified from the very top of the Internet trend setters to be a service worth using. After enjoying mass media publications all over Catalonia and Spain, Clickug’s revolutionary link creation tool is now making itself known across the English speaking world.  Read the article here:    http://interesting.wf/9aaA7w

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Can’t find your domain? Suggest it or request it!

Clickug is like a huge supermarket of domains in which any Internet user can make attractive links with highly valued keywords and without having to pay for each domain. We open the world to a free collection of more than 2,000 generic domains that are relevant and eye catching for individual and professional use.

To start, you can find the domains or keywords in one of three languages​​: Spanish, Catalan and English. In the future the list of languages ​​will be extended and the range of available domains will only increase. But what if you urgently need a specific domain that we do not yet have available?

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Clickug offers you the possibility to “suggest” keywords corresponding to domains that are not yet offered. We will seriously consider your suggestion according to the criteria of its general usefulness and if we like your suggestion we will create it for you for free.

But it is also possible to “request” a domain if you cannot wait and must have it. This option is guaranteed and just means paying for the dressed link with the domain you have requested.

There are domains for everybody and below are some examples that could suit your needs:

• Actions: add, affiliate, buy, chat, check, contact, find, listen, watch, pay, read, register, see, signup, travel, vote, watch, work , …

• Content: audio, directory, images, maps, news, fashion, finance, internet, lifestyle, photo, politics, science, society, technology, video, weather, world, …

• Emotions : bad, boring, crazy, cool, great, easy, funny, good, sexy, …

• Countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, …

• Cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Boston, Dubai, London, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, …

• Economic sectors: agriculture, defense, ecommerce, education, environment, finance, gambling, health, internet, leisure, entertainment, marketing, services, jobs, legal, commercial, …

• ECommerce: auction, buy, classifieds, deals, coupons, discounts, free, promotion, sale, shop, subscribe, …

• Professions : architect, lawyer, chef, consultant, dentist, detective, doctor, engineer, journalist, lawyer, translator, …

• Proper names : Adam, Amber, Andrew, Anthony, Ashley, Brian, Charles, David, Elizabeth, Jason, John, Laura, Luke, Marc, Matthew, Michelle, Sarah, Scott, Timothy, Zachary

And finally, do not forget that thanks to the endless possibilities of customizing our links, only your imagination and creativity mark the limit of what you can create! Note that you can play with the personalization using the free characters before or after the bar! For example, you can make links like this:

http://wonderful.sharing.with.links.wf/

Clickug revolutionizes the way of sharing content on the Internet with their “dressed links”

- Allows for the creation of wonderful links with statistics of impact
- Clickug is emerging as the free alternative to the new domains of the Internet
- One in four connected people say they share “everything” or “almost everything” online

(Barcelona , December 3, 2013 ) – Clickug (clickug.com) introduces today in Internet terminology the concept of “dressed links,” referring to those that are attractive and totally personalized. Sharing content on the web no longer needs to be something mechanical and impersonal having become an action that is creative, distinctive and customizable.

The revolutionary tool, which launches initially in English, Spanish and Catalan will expand to other languages ​​during 2014, allows the user to convert any lengthy link without sense into another that is shorter and personalized. This process is called “Link Dressing” and consists of putting together a generic domain and one or more words that convey together a comprehensible and synthesized message. Ex. http://ilove.wf/WhenYouSmile | http://forrent.wf/Apartment5thAvenue

“Not since the birth of the Internet have users been able to build links perfectly adapted to their needs. And in a society in which, on Facebook alone, people share 4.75 billion pieces of content each day, Clickug marks a turning point that allows individuals and companies from around the world to make their mark on everything they share,” says Christian Castresana, CEO and founder of Clickug.

Domains on demand
Clickug is like a big supermarket of domains. The user can draw from an assortment of more than 2,000 generic terms to build the perfect link for every occasion. If a word is not found it can be suggested in any language without any obligation. The possibilities are endless.

- To share life events:
http://congratulations.wf/MikeandMary | http://video.wf/BachelorsPartyBrian
- To recommend content:
http://music.wf/Celtic | http://news.wf/Tourism
- To express an opinion  or feeling:
http://ihate.wf/domesticviolence | http://ilove.wf/dogs
- For sale or rent:
http://forsale.wf/ApartmentDowntownNY | http://forrent.wf/WorkspaceBoston
- To personalize or locate a service:
http://Alexander.wf/MyPhotos | http://lawyer.wf/Civil.Chicago | http://chicago.wf/Hotel
- To encourage action:
http://help.wf/TyphoonPhilippines | http://vote.wf/Municipal_Elections
- To advertise offers:
http://2×1.wf/WeekendParis | http://sales.wf/Office-Furniture
- To expand a business:
http://export.wf/SpanishGuitars | http://LookingforHire.china.wf

In all cases, the text of personalization can be placed either at the beginning or end of the link (http://newyork.yt/flights or http://flights.newyork.yt) and once created, it can be shared instantly on social networks, blogs, websites, email, etc., or can be used offline in outdoor advertising, business cards or any other medium.

Types of links and statistics of impact
These new links can be of two types:

1. “Partially dressed” links: They are free, are not personalized after the slash ” / ” , and end with a six-character random code assigned automatically by Clickug. Ex. http://flights.wf/c4sE4s
2. “Fully dressed” links:  The user places a personalization at the beginning or the end of the link. They can be:
- Free: if the personalization has more than 14 characters. Ex. http://flights.wf/ChristmasinParis
- Paid:  9€/year with volume and multiple year discounts for a personalization of 1-14 characters. Ex. http://flights.wf/París

The Clickug service is complete with detailed statistics that calculate the activity the links generate through their dispersion on the Internet.  All the free links come with a basic statistics package that can be upgraded annually for $49 (Clickug+) or $99 (Clickug++). The most complete service is already included with all paid links, and in addition all new users have it for free during the first month.

The alternative to the new generic domains (New gTLDs)
During 2014 around 700 new domain extensions will be introduced that intend to expand on the traditional options, such as .com, . net , org, etc .  Among the most requested new extensions are: app, .home, .art, .blog, .book, .shop, .design, .cloud, .hotel, .love, .mail, .news, .store, .web.

Clickug’s attractive links become an alternative to the use of the new domains (New gTLDs), offering several clear advantages:
- They are free. One can create an unlimited number of attractive links.
- One can always request new domains that do not exist.
- They are multilingual so that one can create attractive links in any language.
- They are simple to make and use offering more flexibility for individuals and professionals.
- They come with statistics that show the link’s activity throughout it’s lifetime.

Some interesting facts about Internet use
- The Internet has 2.4 billion users worldwide.
- The Internet is still growing: only 34.3 % of the population is connected (USA 78%, China/Brazil 42% , India 10% || Europe 63,2% , South America 48%, Asia 28%, Africa 16%)
- One in four people in the world say they share “everything” or ” almost everything” online. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia , India and Indonesia are leading with affirmations from more than two out of four people.
- 46% of social network users create their own content and share it with others.
- Facebook has more than 1.3 billion accounts (728 million active users each day) generating daily 10 billion new messages, 4.75 billion pieces of content and 300 million new photos. Each user has an average of 115 friends.
Twitter has over 230 million active users every month who on average generate 500 million tweets a day and have 208 followers each. The current record was set on August 3rd 2013 with 143,199 tweets in one second. The most retweeted message was after the re-election of Barack Obama at 802,624.

Sources (data from 2013)
http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/by-the-numbers-17-amazing-facebook-stats/
http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/march-2013-by-the-numbers-a-few-amazing-twitter-stats/
- Royal Pingdom

About Clickug
Clickug (clickug.com) is the first service in the world that allows you to create fully personalized links from a list of over 2000 domains that is growing constantly. The project was born in February 2012 thanks to a team of three: Christian Castresana (CEO & Founder), Valentin Rouet (CTO & Co-Founder) and Lucie Burgaud (Consultant & Co-Founder). The development has been made ​​possible by obtaining two rounds of “seed” financing in which 14 people from 4 countries participated. Since May 2013 Clickug is located in the facilities of Barcelona Activa, one of the most prestigious accelerators in Europe for innovative start-ups. Clickug launched to the public on December 3, 2013. The current team is made up of seven people from four different nationalities located in Barcelona, Paris and Mexico City. “Clickug” is a registered trademark of Be Eighty Communication Solutions, S.L.

More information :
Videos: http://videos.wf/clickug
Full press release: http://pressrelease.wf/clickug
Press Kit: http://clickug.com/press-kit

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Communication Contact:
Xavier Codony (xavier@clickug.com)
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