Ever click on a TinyURL.com link in a tweet only to find yourself on a page that’s not quite what was described by the twitterer? A handy feature of Tweetree, a new alternate web interface for Twitter users, helps avoid those situations by revealing the destination of shortened URLS.
I’ll leave the review to Mashable and social media blogs. I just want to focus on what Tweetree does for Twitter links.
Take a look at how this post is immediately followed by the title (in this case, a headline) of the page that the tinyurl points to.
A Yahoo domain, noted to the right of the headline, let’s you know the source of the article as well.
The blue headline is linked to an article on Yahoo that matches headline. You get exactly what you expect. Brilliant!
But it gets much better.
Take a look at how Tweetree turns one cryptic ff.im link into five much more useful links.
- The “Firefox picks up 2 out of 3 users IE loses – FriendFeed” in the greyed out box links to the friendfeed post.
- The friendfeed logo links to the friendfeed home page.
- The Digg icon links to the mejonathan Digg page.
- The “Firefox picks up 2 out of 3 users IE loses” in the friendfeed box links to the TG Daily article. At this point, Tweetree didn’t let reveal the articlee headline, “How serious is the market share loss of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?,” before I clicked.
- The word “comment” links to the friendfeed post, along with a box for you to enter a comment (if you’re logged into friendfeed, of course).
I’ve already ditched my AIR apps for iTweet. Now, if only Twetree could add some of the functionality from iTweet, or vice-versa, I think I might finally start using just one app for all my tweeting.
How I found this: Working as @OCReggie, I saw a tweet by Jesse Newhart (@JesseNewhart) linking to a Mashable article by Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin) about Tweetree.
Linked to from this post:
- comment on The space between Twitter and FriendFeed
- Tweetree Adds Missing Branches to Twitter
- Pakistan has been double-dealing US for years: Former CIA analyst
- friendfeed post by “Jonathan”
- friendfeed home page
- Digg page for usere meJonathan.
- How serious is the market share loss of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?