Add support for inline URL shortening.
I would like URLs to be automatically shortened as I type, rather than have to add them to the URL shortening box.
I keep a database of pretty-written tweets which I pre-schedule randomly. Some of these contain more than one URL so it would be useful if I could just paste them and have the URLs shortened automatically inline.
If you write a tweet in HootSuite and it contains a link, the length of the message is not properly calculated. For example, if a tweet contains 100 characters of text and 45 characters-long link, HootSuite will calculate 145 characters and will cut the message before sending to twitter.
Instead, HootSuite should count all links as 20 characters (http://t.co/xxxxxxx) and send the message via the twitter API. Twitter will accept the message even if it's longer than 140 characters before shortening. It will reject it only if it's longer than 140 characters after the link is shortened with t.co.
Great idea. We’ll consider this for possible future updates.