Twitter to Boost Security with URL Shortener

Kara Reeder

In an attempt to improve security and get more information on links being shared, Twitter has announced a new feature designed to wrap and shorten all links posted by users, according to


The service, which will be rolled out during the summer, will shorten and scan every link before being posted on the site. The service will always format links to 20 characters.


Sean Garrett, vice president of communications at Twitter, explains:

We want to display links in a way that removes the obscurity of shortened links, and lets you know where a link will take you.

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Jun 10, 2010 2:15 AM Jenese Jenese  says:

What about branded URLs? I use When Twitter says '[A]ll links shared on or third-party apps will be wrapped with a URL,' does that mean every URL, or just those over a specific length?


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