Say you want to insert a link for your tweet inside that same tweet, or want to link a facebook update inside the update itself. The issue with this is that: first you can’t know what will be the link to your new tweet/update, and second, once you post something on these sites you can’t change it (unlike Google Buzz for example).
I am used to celebrate my tweets which rank is of the form xxxx where 0<x<10 (I expect some technical knowledge for my reader :p), for example my 1111th and 6666th tweet, and usually the form of the tweet was :
wohoo, my xxxxth tweet [and a link to this same tweet here]
The idea was to use a link shortening service and do the following, we can use bit.ly
- Check if the url http://bit.ly/WHAT_EVER_YOU_WANT_HERE is not already taken, by typing it into the browser and checking that a Page Not Found error occurred which means the suffix WHAT_EVER_YOU_WANT_HERE is available.
- post your tweet/update with the above link.
- then take the link of the new tweet/update, shorten it with bit.ly and custom the shortened url using the same suffix of the link above.
And by doing this, you finally have a circular link, targeting the same tweet/update which contains the same link targeting the same… you get the point.
Here is an example of a tweet:
A test tweet with a circular linkhttp://bit.ly/WHAT_EVER_YOU_WANT_HERE