How to shorten a URL for Twitter Newbies

When you new to Twitter, there are so many things that are confusing.  One of them is all the short links.

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 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

  • 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.


Nicky Kriel

Nicky Kriel is a Social Media Coach & Trainer inspiring, educating and empowering Business Owners to use Social Media more strategically. She is also the author of bestselling, "How to Twitter for Business Success" and newly published "Converting Conversations to Customers". For more information visit or to find out about her courses that she runs in Guildford visit

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