By default Jetpack uses your permalinks when a user shares your post via the sharing buttons. Wouldn’t it be cool if, instead of posting that super long URL, Jetpack could tap into its own URL shortener to share shorter links?
Plugin author Jeremy Herve has created a quick solution for this with his new Jetpack shortlinks for sharing buttons plugin. It basically gives you the ability to use shortlinks when sharing posts:
Here’s how it works, depending on which shortlink service you’ve enabled for your site:
- If you haven’t set up any shortlink plugin on your site, the sharing buttons will use the default numerical permalinks
- If you have enabled WP.me Shortlinks in Jetpack, the sharing buttons will use them
- If you’ve installed another plugin to create custom shortlinks, the sharing buttons will use them
I think it goes without saying that you need to have Jetpack active for this plugin to work. 😉 Using shortlinks for sharing is especially important for Twitter where the number of characters are limited. If you’ve always wondered why Jetpack doesn’t send out shorter links through the sharing buttons, here’s your remedy. I’d recommend it for anyone who’s using Jetpack sharing buttons. Download Jetpack shortlinks for sharing buttons for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
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