Avoid Long URLs on Twitter

Dear Mr. Steve Rubel,

I love what you have been doing with Twitter lately. The stream of consciousness tweets on things that you find interesting is interesting to me.

However, you’ve got to get in the habit of using TinyURLs for everything. Let me show you why.

Here is what your long URL Tweets look like on Twitter:

Twitter on Twitter Long URLS

Long, broken, and unusable.

The same tweet almost works on Google Reader where it doesn’t become unlinked at something shorter than the entire URL:

Twitter in Google Reader

However, what really gets me is viewing long URLs from you in Google Reader Mobile. Take a look at what that looks like:

Google Reader Mobile and Horizontal Scrolling

Notice the horizontal scroll bar? That one long URL makes the 9 tweets on that page basically unreadable. And it’s all your fault. 🙂

Yeah yeah. I know you probably already know this, but I thought it may be worth reinforcing for you and other heavy Twitter users.

Thanks.

-Ed

PS: This applies to email as well although email is more tolerant that Twitter when it comes to long URLs.

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