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Log Insight 3.0 UI: URL Shortener

When it comes to troubleshooting logs messages, collaboration is critical. As such, Log Insight has always allowed for queries to be shared via a URL. In Log Insight 3.0, this feature has been enhanced. Read on to learn more!
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Background

Log Insight has always featured the ability to share queries. The functionality is available on the Interactive Analytics (IA) page to the right of the search button:
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Upon selecting the link you are provided with a REALLY long URL that anyone can use to get back to the exact query that you were viewing — time range and all. While the URL was helpful and easily transferable to other Log Insight instances — simply replace the Log Insight FQDN — the URL was really long and did not paste well into chat, email or social media platforms:
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URL Shortener

In Log Insight 3.0 the share query feature has been enhanced. Now when you select the option, you will see the long URL very briefly and then a shortened URL will be displayed:
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This shortened URL is specific to the Log Insight instance you are on — it cannot be transferred — and the shortened URL is kept for 30 days since its last use before being deleted. An infinite number of shortened URLs are kept by Log Insight.

Use-cases

As mentioned in a few places within this post. The URL shortener feature makes it possible to easily share queries with other users without pasting a really long URL.

Summary

For Log Insight, it is all about usability. This small change dramatically improves the usability of the product. How frequently do you share queries?

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