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If the URL shortening service does a 301 redirect, it will pass the link essence nearly as well as a direct link. A 302 transmit will not pass it. An easy way to find out if a certain service does a 301 or 302 redirect is to use wet on a Linux machine. At the knowledge line, type "get shortened link" where "shortened link" is the short URL. If you see "HTTP request sent, awaiting the reply...  301 Moved Permanently" as part of the results, then you're good.