Dominique has just written about the fact that apparently all Twitter users will soon be switch over to use the company's t.co link shortening service (i.e. as a replacement for tinyurl, bit.ly, etcetera.)
But on the other hand, unfortunately, it appears that Twitter plans to keep a record of all links clicked - creating a central repository. This could be an attractive target for various officials. As shortened links will have to go to Twitter's t.co service to be decoded, not only will there be a record that can be requested by court proceedings etcetera, but those with access to the database of links - for sale to advertisers, perhaps - will know what you're looking at.
Yet another thing to worry about as we move around in cyberspace. Forewarned is forearmed. We can improve things by using one of the third-party link shortening services and keep switching the one we use - at least until the way Twitter intends to store and use the data becomes clear (if it ever does).
By Andrew Tait