Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why is @Twitter butchering URL's?

I and many of my Twitter friends have noticed that Twitter is now doing strange things to URL's that make them unusable in subsequent replies, tweets, and retweets.

Needless to say, this greatly hampers the Twitter 'conversation'.

This is yet another example of Twitter shooting itself in the foot.

Does anyone know if this is accidental or intentional, and if intentional what the geniuses at Twitter are trying to accomplish by it?

Is it another step in Twitter's war against traditional, or classic, retweets?

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  1. I noticed this recently too.. I checked, but as usual, no comment on the official blog since the June 7th announcement of the new link shortening "service" and nothing on the status blog, so once again we're in the dark until it either gets fixed or we figure it out.

  2. Hey lady. Haven't seen you around lately. Thank you for commenting :)

  3. i think Twitter does this as a sort of protectionist measure...

    the good:

    a) to verify the content isn't a link to virus / hack malware type site which has been known to occur

    the bad:
    b) to control who can link & brand everything as link ( which is often not as short as the one it replaces)

    ...and also i notice if you wish to convert their link to something else... it botches up URL shortening services and then the link doesn't work at all anymore...


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