Linkis is a free app that replaces the original links (like a URL shortening service) and adds additional information to any web page their users share on Twitter.
The users can add their bio, links to their social accounts and blogs, polls, and more.
Using Linkis, Sniply, or any similar service looks like a Twitter hack that will boost your Twitter marketing and the traffic to your site.
That’s not an incorrect assessment. But let’s see the other side of the coin…
All pieces of information are added not only to the sites of Linkis users but to any web page they share. Including other people’s web pages.
Let see Linkis in action…
1. How Linkis Works
The first result of using Linkis is similar to using a URL shortening service – the original link is replaced by a linkis.com or ln.is link:
While the new Linkis link doesn’t save space on Twitter (because no URL shortening service save space on Twitter) when someone clicks that link the following changes are made to the original web page that was shared on Twitter:
The address bar of the browser doesn’t show the original address of that web page but the Linkis link from the tweet.
The original page is modified and a top bar or a sidebar is added.
2. The Problems Linkis Customizations Create
Let’s pretend that you shared one of my articles and used Linkis. Someone clicks the Linkis link and lands on a web page.
The address bar shows Linkis domain name, not mine, the content of the page is partially mine, and the rest doesn’t belong to me.
Is that landing page mine or does it belong to Linkis?
If that’s Linkis page, I have bad news. Read the copyright notice that can be found at the bottom of any page from this blog. Neither you nor Linkis had my permission to publish my blog post on Linkis pages. That’s a copyright infringement.
Maybe you’ll say that it’s not a Linkis page, but mine. Ok, then neither you nor Linkis had my permission to hide the original link from the address bar and add your ads and links to my page.
Conclusion: both you and Linkis are infringing my rights. And if you don’t give a damn on other people’s rights and work, still you shouldn’t use Linkis, Sniply, or other similar tools. There are other methods way more effective. Such as robbing a bank :P
Update July 17, 2017: Here’s Linkis view on copyright:
It’s obvious that Linkis has no idea what the term copyright means.
3. How to Stop Linkis From Altering Content Shared on Twitter
If you’re a Linkis user, it’s time to become a responsible marketer and remove the jerk stamp from your forehead. Remove Linkis by logging into your Twitter account and revoke Linkis access from Settings > Apps.
Linkis, Sniply, Start a Fire, SharedBy, Insighter, Tiddly Link, TrueTwit are Twitter tools that belong to the trash can.
If you’re not a Linkis user, here are some solutions:
1. Temporary Solutions for JustRetweet-like Social Sharing Platforms
a) block the users who use Linkis
b) on JustRetweet, change the setting “Tweet Own Submissions” from “No” to “Yes.” The downside of this method is that the default manual retweet style will be changed into automatic retweets. You won’t be able anymore to properly track who sends you traffic. In addition, the reach of the retweets will decrease due to the users who turn off the retweets. More details here.
c) add the hashtag #NLN to your tweets. This hashtag tells Linkis not to customize your link. This solution works on any platform that doesn’t allow the other users to edit your tweets.
All the solutions shown above have disadvantages. I don’t recommend them. Here’s the best way to get rid of Linkis…
2. The Definitive Solution to Stop Linkis
Send an email complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org and request Linkis to stop customizing the links belonging to your domain name. Make sure that the email address you send the message from matches the domain name you mention in your message.
Usually they respond within less than 24 hours. Don’t panic if you see such a reply: “I’ve added your domains to our blacklist. Sorry for troubles.” The word “blacklist” may not be the most appropriate, but these are the results of your domain name being added to their private blacklist:
All future tweets shared by their users will not include changes to your links and sites anymore.
All past tweets shared by their users won’t be modified, but their customized Linkis link will now redirect to your original and unaltered page.
Update, July 4, 2016: Past customized Linkis links don’t redirect anymore to the original and unaltered pages but to a 404 Linkis page.
3. Alternative Solution Using “Social Warfare”
Social Warfare is a popular social sharing WordPress plugin that includes the module Frame Buster.
This module blocks any framing apps (Linkis, Sniply, Start A Fire, etc) that try to add third-party call-to-actions (ads) to blog pages, without having blog owner’s permission.
The disadvantage is that you have to install on your blog yet another plugin.
The advantage is that it’s a premium plugin that not only blocks framing apps but does a lot of other useful things such as recovering the social shares lost after a https migration.
To Your Twitter Marketing Success!