Whenever I type something resembling a URL (for example "asp.net") at twitter.com, it automatically converts it into a real link. Is there a way to 'escape' this conversion if I want it to remain plain text?
The only practical way I've found is to munge the URL in some way. Enclosing in single-quotes, double-quotes, parentheses, brackets, braces, backticks, etc., has no effect.
The classic way is to "escape" the dot character:
Adding a couple of extra spaces around the dot would also do the trick:
asp . net.
If you can manage to insert a zero-length character (such as U+200B) in the string, that should do the trick as well. (Alt+08203 seems to work on Windows.)
The only other way I can see to make this happen is to use a third-party Twitter client. Then again, the API may convert the URL-like strings to URLs on the server side anyway.
Go to this site: http://www.labnol.org/internet/twitter-auto-converts-links/20771/ and type your "URL resembling" text in the textbox. It will output the same text which does not create a hyperlink in a tweet. It can also be used to remove hyperlinks from @mentions and #hashtags
More explanation is in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmq908lqCmk