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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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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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5 Tips For Better Twitter Security

Privacy and security are two of the biggest concerns when social media, and rightly so. We’ve got five tips for you to improve your Twitter privacy, so you can tweet knowing that you’re secure.
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How Social Are Websites Today? [STATS]

Twitter is among the most popular social network destinations for websites to point to, but just how popular is it? Research from BrightEdge [PDF] suggests that social media still isn’t visible on 51% of the top 10,000 websites – but Twitter is steadily gaining on Facebook for the number one social network of chose.
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Why Is No One Clicking The Links You’re Tweeting?

You’ve penned the most brilliant blog post you’ve ever written, grabbed the title, shortened the link with bit.ly and sent it out into the Twitter-verse. And you wait. And wait. And wait. And almost none of those hundreds or thousands of followers you have bothered to click through to read your words of wisdom.

So what went wrong?
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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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3 Key Items You Can’t Afford To Leave Out Of Your Twitter Bio

When people sign up for Twitter, the first thing on their mind is usually not their bio. They leave it blank, or hammer out a sentence or two about their love of their two dogs, and move on to the good stuff: tweeting, following, discovering what influence means, learning how to retweet. But if you leave your bio only half finished, you’re not optimizing your Twitter presence. Here are three things you can’t afford to leave out of your Twitter bio if you want to target the right audience, grow your follower count, and network with interesting people.
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Twitter “Barely Registers As A Referring Source” For News Websites

My bet is, you share a lot of links on Twitter. Of course, that’s no risky bet: if you’re active on Twitter, chances are you use it not only for waxing philosophical about traffic jams, but also to share and retweet news you find with your followers. But a contradictory new study has just been released which suggests all this link-sharing isn’t really worth much to the big-name news site out there.
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25 Interesting Things You Can Tweet (Besides Blog Posts and Retweets)

Take a look at your recent tweets. Are they mostly links to blog posts you found interesting, or retweets of blog posts that others found interesting? Why not broaden your tweeting horizon a bit with new material? We’ve got 25 interesting things you can tweet beyond your standard blog post links and retweets.
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ALERT: Another Twitter Security Threat Spreads Through Goo.gl Links

There’s another worm that’s making its way around Twitter today. This two-day attack is pretty long-running in the face of dozens of attacks that last only a few hours. It has taken over certain goo.gl links, and we’ll tell you how to avoid it below.
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