Is Twitter Automatically Shortening all Domains?

What the ()&*)&*???   On Twitter today it looked like a mess.  Every tweet containing a domain name or URL was shortened to read “…” or some other nonsense.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of URL shortners – but only when I WANT TO SHORTEN IT.  There is a reason I want to see the domain name being posted – it’s information.  Whether the domain is posted because it’s part of a blog post, it’s for sale/sold, or a million other reasons it is important information.  I don’t think Twitter should be automatically be shortening any domains in tweets.

Maybe this is just a test. Maybe it’s only visible in my Twitter account, haha!  But please, Twitter, if you are testing this as an option – DON’T DO IT!

Thanks.   (PS – if you want to follow me, my Twitter account is  – I’ll tweet a link to this post but bet it gets shortened 😉

  1. Tom says:

    I don’t know if it is random or not but I posted the same tweet 3 times (with a url in it) and the 1st two times the link was shortened (and I deleted the tweet and tried again). The 3rd time the ACTUAL url that I typed was not shortened. The url was only 6 characters long so no sound reason for Twitter to automatically shorten it like that.

    • admin says:

      I looked at my Twitter timeline again later this afternoon and it seems to be back to normal. I hope that was just a bad test on Twitter’s part – it would be a bad move if they auto-shortened all urls.

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