New API for Google URL Shortener

Google launched a much anticipated API for the Google URL shortener today as part of the Google Code Labs.

The Google URL Shortener at is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link that is easier to share, tweet, or email to friends.

The Google URL Shortener API allows you to interact with the service via a RESTful interface, and returns JSON data structures. Here is the API Overview, as well as the Getting Started Guide.

Google has added to its new API console allowing developers to explore and get familiar with the API interface quickly.