May 05 AT 1:22 AM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Android + Twitter + .me

If you are interested in adopting your own short URL, be aware that Android does not support all top level domains (TLDs). This is an issue because many of your potential clickers might be unable to click the links that you generate. As best we can tell, the problem arises in part of the core Android library that many Android apps (mostly Twitter clients) rely on.

We recently experienced this issue first-hand when bit.ly invited us to try their Pro service.  We purchased our own short URL – andrd.me – and began using it last week. Almost immediately we noticed something was wrong when our army of Twitter followers started complaining they couldn’t click the links in our Tweets.

Some Twitter clients performed just fine, but others would not recognize any URL that ended in .me. We soon found out that the apps which use Android’s library did not work and the clients which used their own URL matcher generated the links just fine.

It looks like the issue was reported last year, but its status is still open (so don’t expect a fix anytime soon). Some of the Twitter apps which do not recognize .me links include the official Twitter and HTC’s Peep so we decided to drop our short URL and return to bit.ly.

Please fill me in if I am missing part of the equation. It was no big loss to us, but I see others are having problems so maybe this post will help someone out.

Update: Ask and you shall receive. “Just a quick update that this has already been fixed in a future version of the platform.”

Source: Google Code

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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