Twitter, Stop Shortening My Shortened Links!

TwitterI wrote a couple of entries ago about starting to use Bit.ly Pro for custom URL shortening for Bernskiold Media (bmedia.co). Starting the the good things first, it has been nothing short of an excellent experience with Bit.ly Pro and it is cool to use your own shortener. The only gripe I have with it is that it is just an alias and not a pure custom shortener. This means that you cannot reuse hashes that has been used with the regular bit.ly. What a shame!

Anyhow, the single biggest dislike that I have is not with Bit.ly Pro itself but with my Twitter application of choice: Twitter for Mac. A few weeks ago, Tweetie for Mac was updated and released as Twitter for Mac (following being bought by Twitter). The update is 99% positive for me, except that the app now automatically shortens links.

For most users, this is a behavior that might be positive, but it gets ridiculous when it starts shortening my already shortened links.┬áIt’s not just my custom ones either, but every short link is replaced by their own t.co shortener.

The solution is simple of course. Post links from the web interface or just switch application. The latter is something that I don’t want to do because, as I said, I like 99% of Twitter for Mac. Using the web interface is just a pain with multiple accounts because, hey! That’s part of what I use the app for in the first place.

End of rant.

15 Comments

I hear you, Erik! I found your blog (2nd entry on Google first page, I might add – well done, sir) when searching for “linkedin stop shortening links” because, LinkedIn is also shortening my very short connection hub domain. When people see my domain, it is friendly and inviting, but when they see lnkd.in/blah, it is impersonal and screams untrustworthy.

I wish they would only shorten links if there were more than 3 slashes: 2 for the http:// and then one more for a subdirectory. Anything after one subdirectory, then automatically shorten it. Otherwise, let us keep whatever URL we type in.

Happy to deposit my $.02 rant!

Take care Erik.

Jasper

Does anyone know if Twitter is looking into this issue? As many of you have already noted, Twitter also shortens your already (customized) shortened URLs through their web interface. It would be great if Twitter would automatically recognize the domains of these URL shorteners and add them to some sort of list of exceptions so that it doesn’t re-shorten already shortened links.

It seems as though Twitter is only shortening links above I think 19 characters. Others stay clear of shortening.

I don’t think that’s the case. My 17-character custom shortened and “branded” url is being shortened by Twitter. And, in fact, they “shortened” it from 17 to 19 characters. Gee, thanks. Its driving me nuts.

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