I want to start tweeting the good questions and answers, when I did one the tweet text came out like this:

Stack Exchange Ubuntu Q: Unity crashes when I move the cursor over it. http://t.co/AnkE8RL

I think this is too wordy and it doesn't emphasize the question until the middle of the tweet, it also doesn't use the domain name.

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Perhaps something like:

Unity crashes when I move the cursor over it - askubuntu.com http://t.co/AnkE8RL


askubuntu.com - Unity crashes when I move the cursor over it - http://t.co/AnkE8RL


Unity crashes when I move the cursor over it. https://askubuntu.com/q/10568/235
Unity crashes when I move the cu... https://askubuntu.com/q/10568/235

The ellipsis is only needed for longer titles, but I included it here to show what that would look like. Using a "SE short link" automatically includes the domain name and saves 7 characters over "t.co" (4+" - ") in your suggestion, giving room for "q/" and the user ID.

It does look a little weird without any punctuation at the end of the title before the URL (in the first example above), but many question titles end with a question mark. Including a hyphen if they don't end in punctuation would be my preference. And I see now that the original title did include a period, so adding that to the above example.

  • Why is the URL so long? What does the /235 add?
    – Oli Mod
    Nov 1, 2010 at 13:48
  • @Oli: That's the user ID for the publicity badges (announcer, booster, publicist), which is the encouragement used to share links. If you try to share a link on Twitter, you'll see it's included in what is turned into the t.co short link.
    – Roger Pate
    Nov 1, 2010 at 13:49

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