Way back in June 2010, Twitter had announced that it was working on its own URL Shortening Service and now it has finally launched its shortening service. Initially this service will be available only to a certain portion of its users and later rolled on to all.
Before the launch of this service, users were required to go to a third party link-shortener like Bitly, paste a long link, get it shortened and then paste it back into Twitter. Now Twitter does the job automatically. When a link with more than 13 characters is pasted in the message composition box, it is shortened to 19 characters. It is also assigned a t.co link ID by Twitter. However, the link will shrink only after users have clicked the “Tweet” button. The service is only available for links posted on Twitter and not available for use outside Twitter.
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