twee.tt & t.co | Twitter's URL Shortener No Option for Users Now
twitter bird : Shekhar Sahu
We are aware about how URL shortners are the de fecto of web 2.0 with dynamic URLs. In some of earlier post we talked about how the number of URL shorteners is increasing exponentially, every website is coming up with it's native URL shorteners. Google came up with goo.gl Last year, which is currently opened for Google Apps only (such as feedburner tweets feeds on twitter). Facebook has fb.me. Soon WhiteHat Android is going to have one.
People were already excited about Chirp, the annual conference of Twitter. Developers and Hackers gathered in the conference. The CEO of Twitter, Evan Williams announced that twitter will use it's native url Shortener Twee.tt in Chirp. And other clients will to have to use the same. So users will have no option but to use twee.tt. Reminding you that twitter has been using bit.ly as it's default url shortner, many users are still unaware of it. Try posting long link it'll be shortened to bit.ly link.
update: twitter announced it's new URL shortener t.co
However in the direct emails from twitter, users were already getting the shortened links from twt.tl. After the official launch of twee.tt, all URLs will be shortened by the new one.
Do you know?
.tt is the country code top level domain [ccTLD] for Trinidad and Tobago.
This many have both good and bad impact on twitter users. On one hand the shortend links will save people to visit any malicious content. If the link is flagged or known as spam, users will be redirected to a warning page. On the other hand this may weaken the relationship of Twitter and Bit.ly.
Recently Amazon.com signed up with Bit.ly Pro (Beta), for it's URL shortener which will be managed by Bit.ly. Bit.ly Pro manages URL shorten for a custom domain name and provides an advanced dashboard (than bit.ly) to its customers and enterprises, which has already crossed 6000 mark. So what will happen if its opened for public :)
While writing this post I came to know that the most popular Business networking site, LinkedIn is also going to launch it's URL shortener lnkd.in. Stay tuned for more updates.
Please suggest me a good and short domain name for WhiteHat Android.
Well, Do you think, Twitter should leave Bit.ly and bring it's native URL shortener? Or Twitter should go for Bitly.Pro? Do tell me if you liked these twitter birds? After a long time I worked on Coral Draw :)
update [11/06/2010]: twitter announced it's new URL shortener t.co