Great news for twitterholics! Twitter seem to have finally rolled out an automatic link shortening feature on Tuesday that enables users to paste long URLs directly into messages sent through its microblogging website, without worrying that the message will exceed the service’s 140-character limit.
The users were forced to open a third party application to shorten the URL, but no more. The new service is inbuilt in twitter, so users can simply paste a link into the Tweet box on Twitter.com and the URL will automatically shorten, according to company blog post. Now no more going to bit.ly or tinyurl, you can get link shortening right from the Tweet box on Twitter.com. The link no matter how long it is will automatically be shortened to up to 19 characters.
The service is being rolled out by Twitter to a small percentage of users to start with. After 13 characters of a URL are entered, a message appears to let the user know that the link will be shortened. Even after the message character limit is reached, users can continue to add text to the URL, Twitter said.
Twitter tweeted, “sharing links on Twitter.com is now simple and instant. Plus, since we show a shortened version of the original link, people will know which site the link points to this service also has an increased security cover and if users click on any malicious links they will be warned.
This URL shortening service will make twitter more efficient and less clunky and also keep the twitterholics engaged within the site sharing content, web sites, photos and videos with ease.
Twitter has made several other changes in the past to gain back control from the third party applications. Twitter previously acquired engagement platform TweetDeck, and launched photo sharing platform.
According to reports, Twitter is likely to add a hosted document- or file-upload service which can be accessed directly from Twitter.com or a smartphone.