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I would like to setup a redirect using an .htaccess file which keeps part of the URL's path in the target URL. For example:

I have the domain example.com. I want example.com/social to redirect to twitter.com. BUT if someone types in example.com/social/Bob I want it to redirect to twitter.com/Bob, and would like it to work the same way for any value entered after the /social/ directory.

What might I add to an .htaccess file in order to do this?

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I edited this to be less broad, and specific to doing this with an .htaccess file in order to make it on-topic. – dan Jul 26 '14 at 0:52
@dan thanks for that :) – DziNeIT Jul 26 '14 at 10:22
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This should do it.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^social(.*) https://twitter.com$1 [R=301,L]
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Yeah, it needed the / removing before social but it works great after that :) – DziNeIT Jul 26 '14 at 10:38
A start of string anchor (ie. ^) is required on the RewriteRule pattern in order to avoid any ambiguity. ie. ^social(.*). Otherwise it will match URLs that simply contain the word "social". – w3dk Jul 6 at 20:32
Thanks for the comment, I updated the answer to include your suggestion. – Tero Kilkanen Jul 7 at 14:35

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