tedster - 12:57 pm on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
That is one thing Twitter could do that would be helpful - allow users to hyperlink text so that any URL being shared doesn't use up any character count at all. However, there would be a major security problem involved in checking all those links to make sure they are safe for users. After all, Twitter now processes about 100 million messages every day.
Twitter began as a very simple "micro blogging" service - so simple, in fact, that a lot of third party services have sprung up to add this or that useful function. But that core simplicity has no doubt allowed Twitter to grow and scale at tremendous speed. Adding in the ability to hyperlink text would have many repercussions for the existing ecosystem, probably risking disruptive.