How to shorten a URL for Twitter Newbies
Why use short URLs on Twitter?
- You are limited to 140 characters or less and a full length URL of a website might take up most of the 140 characters.
- You are limited to 140 characters so you might want elaborate in more detail on your blog
- You might want to share an article, a video or photo with your Twitter followers
How do you shorten a web address?
You are in luck, Twitter has become simpler to use so all you have to do is…
Copy and paste the full URL of the website into Twitter and..
Twitter will automatically shorten it for you. Simple really!
It will use up 20 characters of your 140.
Caution: If you are typing the web address into Twitter make sure to add the http:// otherwise, it won’t work!!
to shorten a link visit a site like http://bit.ly/ and paste the full length web
address, click on the shorten button. A shortened URL will be created, all you have to do is click on the shortened URL and it will automatically copy the link so that you can paste it in Twitter.
Why would you want use a site like bit.ly?
- The link allows you to analyse and track how many people have clicked on a particular link and when.
If you are new to Twitter, let me know by leaving a comment below. You are also very welcome to follow me on Twitter and I will follow you back if you send me a tweet.