How to Send a Twitter Link

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How to Send a Twitter Link
Shrink that link before sending it on Twitter. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can send a link on Twitter by shortening the link and pasting it into a new tweet. To shorten the link means to create a short URL that forwards to the long URL. Many link shortening services exist for that purpose. The benefit of shortening a link is to economise your character usage; Twitter limits all tweets to 140 characters, including those found in URLs. When someone clicks the short link on Twitter, they are redirected to the Web page you want to share.

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  • Twitter account

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  1. 1

    Go to a Web page you want to link to on Twitter.

  2. 2

    Highlight the URL of the Web page and press Ctrl-C to copy it to your clipboard.

  3. 3

    Go to a link shortening service like, or

  4. 4

    Paste the URL into the link shortening box on the link shortening service home page by pressing Ctrl-V.

  5. 5

    Hit "Enter" on your keyboard to shorten the link.

  6. 6

    Copy the short version of the long URL to your clipboard by highlighting it and pressing Ctrl-C.

  7. 7

    Go to the Twitter home page and sign in with your Twitter username and password.

  8. 8

    Paste the shortened URL into the "What's happening?" box on the Twitter home page by pressing Ctrl-C. Then click "Tweet."

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