Click here to show or hide the menubar.

Home >  Archive >  2010 >  August >  14

Previous / Next

Ain't "fat" tweets sweet? (they were)
By Dave Winer on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 7:57 PM.

For the next few hours or days (or..?) all hell can break loose on Twitter, as a little hole was opened that makes it possible for greater-than-140-character tweets to break out into the wild.  permalink

Here's an example of a fat tweet so you can see what it looks like.  permalink

And here's a screen shot in case at some point in the future that gets truncated (as it seems likely it will). permalink

A picture named fattweetslim.gif permalink

Here's how it works. permalink

1. Twitter has a new url-shortener, called permalink

2. When it displays a tweet with a url that was shortened by, it expands the url, so you get to see the url it is pointing to. That way you know in advance where you're going. This is a good thing, it's one of the nice things about the web that url-shortening screws with. permalink

3. But doesn't check to see that the thing you're shortening is actually a url. You can shorten things that aren't. permalink

4. doesn't have a 140-character limit for urls. permalink

5. So when it shows the full url, it shows as many as were there. Even if there were more than 140, and even if it wasn't a url. permalink

6. Heh. :-) permalink

Update: I whipped up a little web app to show how it works. permalink

RSS feed for Scripting News
This site contributes to the community river.

© Copyright 1997-2012 Dave Winer. Last update: Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 11:02 PM Eastern. Last build: 8/26/2012; 5:53:22 PM. "It's even worse than it appears."

RSS feed for Scripting News

Previous / Next