Using your Firefly URL Shortener with Twitter for iPhone
7 Feb, 2011
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The Twitter for iPhone app (itunes) can be configured to use your very own Firefly URL shortener! Here’s how.

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Actually, it’s quite simple. First, setup your own Firefly instance, possibly using Heroku.

When that’s done, simple open Twitter for iPhone, then follow this path:

  • Tap the three dots
  • Open “Accounts & Settings”
  • Tap the “Settings” button at the bottom
  • Open “Services”
  • Choose “URL Shortening”
  • Then pick “Custom…”

All right, you’re now ready to enter your magic URL. Simply replace the YOUR_DOMAIN and YOUR_API_KEY placeholders with your actual domain name and API key (you can find them in your config.ru)

http://YOUR_DOMAIN/api/add?api_key=YOUR_API_KEY&url=%@

Then hit “Save” and you’re set! Twitter for iPhone will now automatically use your Firefly instance to shorten URLs!

Looking for the Firefly source code?