Using with MovableType

I've been using the mt-twitter plugin to automatically publish blog articles to Twitter. I find that I get more readers that way than RSS or my newsletter at this point. One problem is that you don't get any good stats that way. I've modified the mt-twitter plugin to use now to solve that problem. With you can click on the "info" link and get good stats about who clicked from where.

This is the code I added to the _update_twitter function:

 my $bitly = LWP::UserAgent->new;
 my $url_response = 
       $bitly->get("" . $obj->permalink);
 my $small_url;
 if($url_response->is_success) {
    $small_url = $url_response->content;
} else {
   $small_url = $obj->permalink;

Of course, you also have to change the line that creates the twitter message to use the new shortened URL ($small_url) instead of the permalink directly.