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Does Stack Overflow calculate the number of visits if we share a Stack Overflow question link after creating its short URL using Tiny URL?

For example, http://tinyurl.com/3tfrs5m is a link to a question page.

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Yes it does. The URL is expanded by tinyURL before hits Stack Exchange servers.

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Thanks, to avoid awkwardness, I use to convert long links to short url before posting in facebook. I was wondering whether it counts or not. :) – Deepu S Nath Jun 26 '11 at 12:11
@Deepu, opinions about "awkwardness" differ. I, for example, dislike such short links a lot, as I cannot (easily) tell where it's linking to. That aside: note that the "link" link underneath a question is a short link too: http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/96463/164335 (being a referral to your account) or http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/96463. For your example, http://stackoverflow.com/q/6351642 would suffice, and make it very clear it's linking to SO. – Arjan Jun 26 '11 at 12:25
+1 to what @Arjan says. – Sathya Jun 26 '11 at 13:04
+1 to @Arjan, short links are bad. – user7116 Jun 26 '11 at 16:16

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