Twitter implements automatic URL shortener

Twitter, in an unexpected move, has rolled out a new feature that's integrated into their main site by which a user who wishes to tweet can place a URL of any length, post the tweet and Twitter will automatically reduce that link down to 19 characters. The feature was available on the site several years ago, but was removed when Twitter underwent a redesign that users see today.

The ability to add short URLs is nothing new to the regular users that tweet daily on the networking site; those that have used third party clients have perhaps already come across a feature such as this or an ability to shorten links from inside the program. What's different here though, is that anyone who is not so familiar with the idea of shortening URLs or perhaps new to the site, doesn't have to worry about their messages being too long for the 140 character limit.

Twitter has said on its official blog that it still won't have support for analytics. The majority of the users on Twitter may not know what that even does but for some, analytics are used to keep track of their most popular links. On the plus side, there's a security warning system in place, so if a link has been reported as malicious, Twitter will warn the user before proceeding.

Additionally today, Twitter announced the support for the Brazilian Portuguese language; the site already has language support for nine of the world's languages.

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"I don't like URL shorteners because I can't see the link I'm about to visit."

But on Twitter you can. Just hover over the short link and you can see where you are going.

Not too unexpected though - they having been doing this for months now in the official Mac client, and given official support on their web site for these kind of shortened "t.co" URL's all along, by showing the destination URL fragment followed by an ellipsis.

Well, I suppose that is kind of nice...
But, you know, it would be easier to just remove that stupid 140 character limit...

Leonick said,
Well, I suppose that is kind of nice...
But, you know, it would be easier to just remove that stupid 140 character limit...

Gotta support SMS...

KingCrimson said,

Gotta support SMS...

That's retarded why must we support SMS? If someone gets tweet notifications via text then either have an option to not send ones over 140 or send multiple texts. If you're trying to send them then just limit the texters to 140 characters and let the rest of the people who aren't behind in the times make longer posts.

Leonick said,
Well, I suppose that is kind of nice...
But, you know, it would be easier to just remove that stupid 140 character limit...

And then it wouldn't be a micro-blogging service. There are plenty of blogs out there that support RSS feeds and direct posting to Twitter.

KingCrimson said,

Gotta support SMS...

Hrm, never had to use sms to be able to use twitter on my phone. This would be an extremely small minority if there is such a thing.

xpclient said,
Cool. Hopefully this will make it into MetroTwit soon.

MetroTwit already has an option of six shorteners though, so i don't think this will matter too much

ugh, url shorteners should be banned. We don't need more of them and we definitely don't need them to be automatically applied...

The only thing is, is hiding links and it redirects you to so malicious website which you have trouble closing down and annoys the hell out of you.

SuperKid said,
The only thing is, is hiding links and it redirects you to so malicious website which you have trouble closing down and annoys the hell out of you.

Yeah, and even more annoying, the only Firefox addons to dereference the shortened URLs were not compatible with 4 when I last looked...

smooth_criminal1990 said,
Yeah, and even more annoying, the only Firefox addons to dereference the shortened URLs were not compatible with 4 when I last looked...

Even though the addon site says it doesn't work with v4, I've been using TheRealURL with Aurora 6.0a2 with decent results. Not 100% perfect, but it gets the popular shorteners anyway. (I'm also using Status-4-Ever.. I forget if that's what got it to work properly since the status bar is different in 4+)

AP707 said,
bye bit.ly

I personally loved bit.ly. I never liked any of the other ones. I work at a computer store and I find it helpful to shorten URL's for my customers should they need to reinstall drivers or fix a minor issue. No one likes to write out an entire MS or Intel URL to motherboard drivers. On the other hand, I find that it can be a security issue since you can never tell where a shortened URL will take you, with the exceptions of Firefox plugins and shortened URL's such as you.tbe and go.gl or whatever it is.