Hi Clint,

The Tweet Button will wrap any URL sent to it as a t.co link so although you
can use your own shortener we will still create a t.co link for it. We don't
unwrap the short URL, so any analytics you have attached to your shortener
can still happen. We also return the URL you sent us with our API responses
so clients can display your URL whilst linked to t.co first. This is made
possible by passing the flag include_entities=1 to any method that returns a

You can learn more about t.co here:

Hope that helps,

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Clint Ecker <clintec...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM, themattharris
> <thematthar...@twitter.com> wrote:
> > Today we’re launching the Tweet Button to make it easy for your users
> > to share your website with their followers. When they click on the
> > Tweet Button, a Tweet box will appear pre-populated with a message and
> > link chosen by you. Once they have sent a Tweet they can choose to
> > follow accounts recommended by you. All of this happens on your
> > website, so the user never has to leave.
> Hi Matt,
> I'd really like to use this on Ars Technica, but it seems to force the
> t.co shortener on us.  We have our own shorturl system (arst.ch) and I
> need to use that.  Can you explain how I might go about doing
> that—I've scoured the docs and have seen no mention of custom Short
> URLs.
> Thanks!
> Clint


Matt Harris
Developer Advocate, Twitter

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