Expand The Short URLs On Twitter Itself To Check Original Long URL

We all are aware that most of the URLs shared on Twitter are short one and if you need to see the original URL then you will have to use third party services to do that. But now you can expand the short URLs and check the original one on Twitter itself.

To expand the short URL on Twitter, you will have to use Twitter Search. First of all try to find the tweet on twitter search by looking for the term , keyword from the tweet. Now you can see the short URL sent into that tweet. Click on the “Expand” link provided besides the URL. You can see the original URL of that short URL over there. You can also contract the long URL into short URL.

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This is very important for security purposes as well because short URLs can have a link to malware sites or other harmful sites. So it is always a good practice to cross check the short URLs if is sent by some unknown person.

Enjoy your tweets.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.

3 Comments

  1. Tech-Freak Stuff

    September 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I dint know about this. I use Twitter nearly daily and I don’t believe how I missed such a thing there. Anyways, thanks for bringing it to notice!

  2. Ruchi

    September 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I was not aware of this, frankly speaking I never liked short URLs. Thanks for sharing .

  3. Oleg

    February 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

    This is too complicated… Twitter need to do it automatically by now…
    I like http://urlsniffer.info
    It replaces all the shortened URLs on a page at ones and there’s nothing to download.
    Just bookmark the bookmarklet and you’re ready to go.

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