Twitter has recently introduced a new feature where if you paste the link to a tweet in one of your tweets, then the other person gets notified as if you had retweeted it. There are many reasons why people choose to use the link rather than retweeting, but one of the main ones is because they don’t want the other person knowing they are linking to them.
Thankfully, there’s an easy way around this. There’s a site called donotlink.com which breaks this link between tweets. You can either use the form on their webpage to generate the new link, or (even easier!) you just need to type http://donotlink.it/ before the URL.
Donotlink.com will work any time that you would use a nofollow link on your blog, but are unable to – you could use this on Facebook or on message boards.
Donotlink.com does not stop you from giving a site pageviews, but it does mean that they won’t benefit in Google searches (and other search engines results) from you linking to them. (If you really didn’t want to give a site page views, subscribe to their RSS feed – and if it only offers a partial feed, use one of these tools to get round that!)