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I think short URLs are great for Twitter, sending people to public URLs, for other services where you're literally just shortening a public URL, if they want to include a tracking / redirect to harvest all your juicy habit information - but I don't think it's a great thing for private URLs.

If the true URL and shortened "URL" aren't managed by the same organization, we've added another point of flakiness and link rot to a system that already has too many.

Twitter considers every link, regardless of length, as 23 characters so they're not even that useful there.

I think that's precisely because they are always shortened automatically on twitter's side.

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