Is possible to send URLs with "#" selector to Twitter ?

In other terms, can I generate a short url pointing to a specific section in my webpage ?

I've tried to pass the url but Twitter interpret what is after "#" selector as a twitter user.

I've also tried to use tinyurl.com APIs to generate a short URL for each section of y webpage, but it ignores "#" appended to urls...



Enter the hash mark as "%23" in the URL for URL-shortening services and Twitter.



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  • you are the best – aneuryzm Feb 6 '11 at 15:44
  • does %23 work? According to this question, it doesn't: stackoverflow.com/questions/9633205/… – Chris Betti May 31 '12 at 18:21
  • @ChrisBetti Testing confirms that both methods (%23 and # literal) are now working w/Twitter's t.co shortening service - can't vouch for tinyurl though. – danlefree Jun 1 '12 at 11:55

Like http://bit.ly/fafQa9 goes to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_sign#Computing? If you can’t do it directly through Twitter then I guess you’ll have to go via a URL shortening service and paste the link in.

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  • Usually you want to use a shortener with Twitter since you only have 140 characters to work with. – Ben Hoffman Feb 5 '11 at 13:18

# is a special character in the Twitter world indicating a topic name so putting a # in a URL will cause issues and unintended results as twitter software will interpret that as a hash tag and try to hyperlink it to search results containing that tag. As mentioned above you'll want to use a URL shortener to work around this as it will obviously not have a # in the URL but instead redirect to the proper URL with the # included.

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  • yeah but I've tried to create a short url with tinyurl.com and it ignores # and the appended arguments – aneuryzm Feb 5 '11 at 18:00

You can use URL shortener like bquot.com, which allows linking to specific page section.

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