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Why Twitter is turning increasingly towards link shortening

Yesterday we reported how one could avoid Twitter's somewhat annoying URL shortener by using lesser known URL services like, or by keeping the URL length to 20 characters or less. Unfortunately, this hack will not last forever as Twitter does plan to wrap all links, regardless of length, with its own link service. Why? It's all to do with analytics.
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Can Libya’s government bring down URL shortener

Following successful mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt thousands of protesters have been taking part in demonstrations in Libya, which included a “Day of Anger” on Friday. However, concerns have been raised that if Gaddafi’s government were to shut down internet access, as happened in Egypt, links, which are shared by millions of twitter users every day, will become unusable.