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Add QR Code to Goo.gl

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Google has added support for QR tags through the Goo.gl URL shortener according to TechCrunch. I tried it out tonight and it seems to work as advertised.

For those who don’t know what a QR code, it stands for Quck Response, and can be seen in a number of places from bills to magazines and business cards. They are barcodes that can take you to a specific URL when scanned by a smart phone or other mobile device.

Using Google Toolbar in Firefox I obtained a shortened Goo.gl url for this blog. http://goo.gl/q1wu. By adding .qr to this shortened link (http://goo.gl/q1wu.qr), I get the following QR code:

I decided to see if Chrome has a QR extension and I found a few. The following QR code should take you to my search for QR code extensions in Chrome.

I installed two iPhone apps and was unable to get a clear enough image to use, so I was unable to test the codes for accuracy.

I am looking into possible uses for QR tags in my business interests, and this new feature from Google, or even the one from my Chrome extension are going to be useful in the coming weeks. If you are currently using QR tags, or would like to but just didn’t know how, this new feature could be useful for you. I intend to play with it a bit more, as I am pretty happy with the results and the ease of use. Now if only I could get the iPhone to take a decent picture.

Update: After playing with the iPhone a bit more I finally got a good enough picture to use the QR codes. The Google one worked perfectly, while the Chrome extension still had problems due to its smaller size.