Twitter continues to pack its web interface with features. Now, it seems the microblogging site may soon introduce a Shorten button, to be located next to the Tweet button. Shorten is a URL shortener. Enter a URL and click the Shorten button to convert long URL into a shorter bit.ly link (yes, bit.ly).
The button is gone now; it only appeared for a few minutes and quite surely an accidental exposure. (And unfortunately, I didn’t manage to screenshot it.)
Location of the Shorten button
Back in June last year, Twitter outlined its direction: “It should be easy for people to share shortened links from the Tweet box on Twitter.com.” Shorten button is a step in that direction. I wish the URL shortener can behave like Tweetdeck’s, where URL is automatically shortened. But I assume such implementation will put extra burden on its servers.
Anyway, it’s about time for the appearance of the Shorten button. It makes a whole lot sense, especially for regular Twitter web users like myself.