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Twitter Adds Back Another Feature: Automated URL Shortening

Published on June 7, 2011
by Liz Gannes

Twitter today introduced its own automatic link shortening for users of its Web site. Tweeted URLs will show up with ellipses so users know what Web site they link to. If I’m not mistaken, this is the second old feature the company has reintroduced lately, the last being an option to view Twitter from the perspective of another user’s account. In its early days, Twitter used to automatically shorten links using TinyURL, then Bit.ly, before releasing its redesigned #newtwitter Web site without built-in link shortening.

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