Twitter is fixing links

June 8, 2010

Last year I complained about URL shorteners on Twitter, and proposed a solution. Today they announced that they’re adopting something similar:

All links shared on or third-party apps will be wrapped with a URL. A really long link such as might be wrapped as for display on SMS, but it could be displayed to web or application users as or as the whole URL or page title.

My guess is that Twitter clients will just use the domain as the link text, but either way it’s a big win for usability and readability. Any suggestions on what domains I should punish on Unladen Follow?

© Allen Pike. See also Twitter and Steamclock.