PageTweet allows you to shrink a URL for sharing on Twitter and other social networking sites, but also allows you to add your own 140 character message to the actual link that you’re sharing. Your message doesn’t appear in your Twitter updates with the link, it appears on the actual site – allowing the people who click on the link to see why you brought them there in the first place.
There is nothing to sign up for and you don’t need to enter in your Twitter username and password either. Just paste the long URL into the appropriate field on the PageTweet homepage, add a nickname (again, doesn’t have to be related to Twitter), and enter in your 140 character or less comment. Click on “Create PT” and you’ll be given a link to share wherever you please.
When people click on the link they’ll see a toolbar at the top of the page you are sharing which displays your comment, the source of the link, as well as the number of hits it’s received.
Since it doesn’t appear that you can create an account on PageTweet, you’ll have to bookmark the link in order to keep track of how many people are viewing your link. Actually, no sign-up is fine with me…
To see PageTweet in action, watch the screencast below (best viewed in HD in full screen):