Terms and Conditions

We've tried to make our terms as clear and easy to read as possible, so don't expect pages of legalese!

Forbidden activities
goo.re may NOT be used creating shortened URLs that: -

  • Are used in commercial email
  • Are used for unsolicited advertising (spam) including email, forum posts, SMS messages and spam posts/messaging on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter
  • Link to malicious content (phishing, viruses, trojans, adware, any other malware)
  • Link to any form of child pornography
  • Link to other URL shortening or redirection sites or scripts (these "chains" of links are often used to hide malicious usage)
  • Link to material that infringes copyright
  • Link to material we consider unethical including but not limited to "get rich quick" schemes, pyramid schemes, paid "self help" schemes, dubious competitions, sites requiring users to fill out paid surveys and sites with a model that encourges users to spam others (e.g. "Sign up 10 members to get X free")

URL rejection and removal
We can reject URLs when they are submitted or later remove, disable or redirect shortened URLs for any reason. Our intention is only to do this where they violate our terms or the spirit of fair usage, or we have reason to suspect they do (e.g. if they appear on a blacklist we consult). We're only human and mistakes are occasionally made - we can reinstate disabled shortened URLs if we think it's appropriate to do so.

Excessive usage
We need to keep goo.re fast and responsive for everyone so we limit the amount it can be used to levels we consider reasonable.  Users may not open more than 5 concurrent connections to goo.re at any time. For automated scripts or programs using our API a specific code is returned for excessive use (see our developer documentation) and your application should wait before retrying your request. If it doesn't do this and continues to hammer you may get blocked.

Our shortened URLs
Users who create goo.re shortened URLs cannot later delete them or modify their destinations (this helps to prevent abuse). Our shortened URLs could redirect anywhere, you follow them at your own risk and goo.re is not responsible or liable for content you visit.

Data usage
We do not share any information with third parties unless explicitly stated in our privacy policy. We do not collect or store any information other that required to provide you with the service and to provide us with site usage statistics.

Warranty and liability
The short version: goo.re is free. We'll do our best to maintain it but we might have problems or things might break. If they do, we don't owe you anything.

The long version: we provide goo.re as a free service - as such it carries no warranty of any kind. goo.re and its staff and owners are not liable for any loss or problem you might suffer due to using the service. This includes losses in the event that the service stops operating, is unavailable or slow, suffers data loss, or any other issue which might be considered detrimental to you.

Violation of our terms
If you violate our terms, depending on the severity of the abuse, we may disable shortened URLs you have created or block you from using goo.re (and our other URL shorteners) temporarily or permanently. In cases of severe abuse or illegal usage we may report this to the relevant law enforcement agencies.