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Do You Share Links On Twitter? Soon You’ll Have Two Fewer Characters To Use In Your Tweets

Since the dawn of time – namely, July 2006, when Twitter first opened its doors to an unsuspecting public – tweets have been fixed to a limit of 140 characters. This is a ceiling that you are simply not allowed to break (unless, of course, you’re one of those people). The limit is widely seen as a good thing – it ensures that tweets are instantly consumable and easy to share, and, ultimately, that forced brevity encourages all of us to become better writers.

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Hate The Bitly Update? Here Are 5 Alternative URL Shorteners For Twitter

With people up-in-arms over the more complicated, less user-friendly Bitly update today, it seemed like a good time to point out 5 great alternative URL shorteners that you can switch to if Bitly’s got you down.
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URL Shortener Bitly Announces Big Update (Unfortunately, It Sucks, And Everybody Hates It)

Here’s the thing: people don’t like change.

This has always been true. Whenever an adjustment is made to something popular, irrespective of how significant it is, most people, at first, won’t like. A certain percentage will vocalise their dismay. Others will join in. For a while, it will be nasty.

Then, usually, if the changes have been made with good intentions and have actually improved the service, and once folks have actually had a chance to try the new stuff, the moans will dissipate. Sure, you’ll always get a minority of endless whingers, constantly threatening to quit and so on. But most of the time, most of us will, eventually, roll with it.

Again, if the changes actually improve the service. This is the absolute key part.

Yesterday, URL shortener of choice Bitly, which has generated more than 25 billion shortened links since inception, announced a change to their platform. A big change. New Bitly, they’re calling it.

Great. There’s only one small problem: everybody, and I mean everybody*, hates it.

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Your Twitter Weekend Homework: Get To Know Bit.ly

Bit.ly is the most popular link shortening service for Twitter. And it’s popular for a reason. It’s got some great stats that helps you share, track and analyze the links you shorten, so you can monitor your social media efforts more thoroughly. Your Twitter homework for this weekend is to get to know how bit.ly works, and start using it to shorten your own links on Twitter.
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Links Shared On Twitter Last Half As Long As YouTube

The folks at bit.ly, the popular URL shortener service, asked themselves just how long a link shared on a social network “lives”. And they found out that links shared on Twitter lasted only half as long as links shared on YouTube.
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Top 5 URL Shorteners (And 3 Honorable Mentions)

Twitter’s 140-character limit has forced the internet to get a little creative in how it shares links. You’ll likely have noticed that links on Twitter aren’t in your standard www.websitename.com/articlename format – instead, they’re shortened using URL shorteners to take up as little precious characters as possible. We’ve compiled a list of 5 great URL shorteners you can use to share your links on Twitter without worrying about going over the character limit (and 3 honorable mentions, too).
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The Number Of Russian-Speaking Twitter Accounts Surpasses 1 Million

According to a new study by Russian firm Yandex, July 2011 saw the number of Russian-speaking Twitter accounts surpass 1 million.
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All Links 20 Characters Or More Are Now Being Shortened With Twitter’s “t.co”

Like Bit.ly? Unfortunately, it might be going the way of Twitpic and the dinosaurs soon, if Twitter has anything to do with it.

Today officially marks the day that all links on Twitter which are greater than or equal to 20 characters will be automatically shortened using t.co, Twitter’s own URL shortener. And by automatic, we do mean automatic – you don’t have a say in this whatsoever.
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Twitter.com Now Gives You At Least 7 Extra Characters When You Tweet A Link

Update: Twitter does not remove 7 characters from its shortened links. Instead, it converts all links to t.co before shortening, and calculates characters based on the t.co URL (which will always be 20 characters), regardless of what it displays in your tweet. Thanks to @WebTrawler for alerting us to this.

Wow, this is pretty neat. It looks like if you use Twitter.com to shorten your links (which is only available on the #NewTwitter), you will potentially get a handful of extra characters. Here’s how it works:
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Bit.ly Pro Is Now Free! Get Your Custom Short Domain Today

If you’ve ever wanted a vanity URL – like imthebe.st or cut.ie – to share your links on Twitter now’s your chance. Bit.ly, the most popular URL shortener out there, has just opened up its Bit.ly Pro offerings to everyone, free of charge. And that means that you can grab your own custom domain (and domain tracker) and hook it up to Bit.ly to strut your Twitter stuff.
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