This URL shortener situation is officially out of control

This situation really is crazy. Part of the problem, though, at least where Twitter is concerned, is that Twitter does not use the shortener until after a tweet is posted, which means after it imposes the 140 character limit. Especially for me where every link to one of my own articles that I post starts with “”, this makes not using my own shortener — in this case, Bitly — completely impractical. Even then though, there is no real justification for even this many redirects, and especially not as many as Scott found here. Insane.