On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 6:14 AM, Bjoern <bjoer...@googlemail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> The problem is: how to find tweets that point to a certain URL. Most
> of those tweets would use a shortened version of the URL, and most of
> them probably bit.ly. Bit.ly does not provide a way to list all
> shortened versions of a URL, and creates individually shortened
> versions of each URL per User (namely, the twitter user, so there is
> no way to find the URL that is created via Twitter status updates -
> which would probably be the most common URL).

The solution is to go about this the opposite way.

Bit.ly will return the same shortened URL for any request using the same
source URL.  So, use bit.ly to shorten the URL, then search Twitter for the
bit.ly URL you get back.  The same is true for other URL shortening services
and the more popular ones all have APIs.


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