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LJ mirror of Twitter posts displays shortened links, not full links

Title
LJ mirror of Twitter posts displays shortened links, not full links

Short, concise description of the idea
Livejournal's mirror of Twitter posts should display the full links a user posts, not shortened ones.

Full description of the idea
Twitter recently made a change that shortens every link posted in a tweet, using the "t.co" domain. When LJ mirrors these links, it picks up the t.co version instead of the actual link.

I did some research ( http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/detail?id=674 ), and the Twitter API still makes the full URL available with the "display_url" entity. LJ's code should be changed to display the actual link posted instead of the shortened t.co one.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Links are not hidden behind an anonymous shortener.
  • The user will see their tweets as they posted them, not altered by an un-disableable option.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • It could be an easy change to code, or could be difficult depending on how LJ has implemented Twitter scraping.
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