• shively

    For a better QR generator try the free QR Code Generator at:


    A downside to how Google’s QR generator used to work was that the QRs took the user to the Google Places page and not the actual website.

  • ben.griffiths

    The QR codes generated for goo.gl shortened URLs are generated by the Google Chart API. You can tweak the parameters of the QR Code URL to do everything you’ve mentioned in the article.

    You can use the ChartTool to experiment with the URL parameters here:

    Shameless self promotion:

  • srowen

    This isn’t Google’s QR code generator. They generate QR codes via their Chart Server (http://code.google.com/apis/chart/). That’s the raw tool, and it can generate a QR code of any sort you like.

    The front end for this Chart Server really lies in the generator from the ZXing project (http://code.google.com/p/zxing, I’m a developer), which is from Google too: http://zxing.appspot.com/generator

    It probably meets your expectations of a QR code generator more — what you’re reviewing here is simply one use of the generator from a different service, a URL shortener.

    By the way you can make a QR code link without copying and pasting and such. Just put “.qr” on the end of the goo.gl URL. Of course, you can right-click to save the image as with any image, etc.

    No, you would not embed such a link in a tweet, why? It’s like tweeting a picture of data rather than data. You’d use the generated code in print or on a web site where one might plausibly want to, or have to, read it via phone.

    I also don’t understand why you think there isn’t a standard — it’s QR code. Google, for one, has always only backed QR.

  • http://MSprague.com Mark Sprague

    Srowen, my argument really had more to do with what a strange way this is to generate a QR Code. I think you folks have an opportunity to make QR Codes the go-to standard – but it’s going to take more than this gimmick. I disagree that QR Codes is the standard in the US. It’s there for the taking, but the jury is still out. From where I sit it looks like Google is dabbling in this technology, not championing it…and look what just walked in the front door – Microsoft Tags.

  • http://twitter.com/BuzzyVoyager Gila Beckermann

    Here is another free one and it also makes a virtual business card for free: http://icamobileapps.com