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I want to post an URL in Twitter, but I don't want it to be shortened - the domain is a 3 letter word so it doesn't even make sense to shorten it. However, when I am writing the tweet in the website I see the message "Link will appear shortened" and I don't find an option to disable that.

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This is not possible. Twitter API will automatically shorten any URL.

Earlier, there was a way to go about disabling the URL wrapping - create a custom twitter app(example: a hosted dabr install) and disable URL shortening at the API settings. But now this option is no longer available

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Yuck. This seems like a HUGE UX pitfall on Twitter's part... –  esqew Jun 30 '12 at 1:31
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Well, this is to monitor ang prevent spam. if they find a malicious link, then they will be able to disable it by not doing the redirection. HUGE win, considering several events in the past caused by links. –  Arvin Jul 1 '12 at 19:34
    
@Arvin yep, precisely. –  Sathya Jul 1 '12 at 19:41
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You cannot do this due to security concerns, as mentioned before. It allows Twitter to have a kill switch over every link on the site. The problem, however, is that if you then link a Facebook account to your Twitter account, the link goes through onto Facebook in the form http://t.co/df334o. This makes the link look ugly and sometimes out of context of what you're trying to convey.

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The only way to display a full URL in Twitter is by using a 'fake' dot. This will obviously make the URL non-clickable too, but it's a good method if you want to make sure the URL gets displayed in a recognizable way.

BTW, here's such a fake dot:

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