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Is the url shortener configurable?

When sharing links via Twitter (or others), a url shortener is used. Is this configurable? End users tend to have specific preferences for various reasons. Should be configurable for a site wide default and a end user specific setting.

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mether's avatar
asked 2011-07-31 10:02:41 -0500
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Twitter uses its own url shortener, askbot is not doing anything for that. I don't know what twitter will do if you give it a url that is already shortened.

It may be difficult to control how sharing services handle urls that you give them as each has it's own way of doing it.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-07-31 11:38:23 -0500
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Twitter will use the shortened url if you give it one.
mether's avatar mether (2011-07-31 13:10:00 -0500) edit
I am curious - why would someone prefer one url shortening service to another? Do they give any additional value besides giving short urls?
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-07-31 13:48:12 -0500) edit
well, different advantages. I could use my custom url services with a open source url shortening software like the one from to promote brand awareness like offers very detailed statistics on how the url is being accessed as well as QR codes. others like allows you to specify the short url as well which is convenient.
mether's avatar mether (2011-07-31 13:53:57 -0500) edit
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