Shorten the URL before it broadcasts to Twitter

Rebecca Fellenbaum 9 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 9 years ago 6

This would allow us to add more of the headline or tagline to our tweet. It will also make the tweet look more authentic on our Twitter feed. BLOX generates decent URLs by default, but they are long for Twitter. Does anyone else find this to be an issue?

Rebecca, all links posted on Twitter are automatically shortened using t.co. You can read more details here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/78124

This way every link posted only takes up 23 or 24 characters no matter the actual lenghth of the original URL.

That's great to know, thanks. However I don't like how it displays in the Twitter feed. It's showing upwards of 35 characters. Any way to change that? See below.

That is just how Twitter does it. It displays the full text of the original URL, but if you mouse over it you'll see that it is really linking through the t.co service. I do not think there is a way to change this behavior on Twitter.

Do you have Twitter Cards setup for when a user expands a tweet?

Ok thanks for explaining. I don't have Twitter Cards set up yet.

They're actually pretty easy to setup and allow your tweets to display much more information when a reader interacts with them.

Give it a try when you have 30 minutes free: http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/How-do-I-set-up-Twitter-cards_8635.html