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A short step in URL-shorteners

Saturday, March 07, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Progress in the art of twittering comes incrementally. This suggestion is a very small increment but one that would make the job of a frequent linker, such as myself, a little easier. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

I would like my URL-shortener to grab the title of the page I'm linking to and insert it into the typing box, before the shortened URL.  Permalink to this paragraph

Suppose for example I wanted to link to a post Doc's site. From that page, I'd click on the bookmarklet in the toolbar of my browser, it would take me to the shortener page, and this is what I'd see: Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named box.gif Permalink to this paragraph

Then I click Submit, and off I go. This is a step I do manually now. Better if it were automatic! Permalink to this paragraph

Any URL-shortener could do it. The first is likely to get my business. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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