What is t.co / referral in Google Analytics?
t.co is a domain used by Twitter as part of a service to protect users privacy as well as a URL shortener. It also protects Twitter users from malicious sites and malware.
Why is it showing t.co instead of twitter.com?
Whenever you post a link, Twitter automatically transforms it to a link similar to this t.co/zwXVkuqkdV. When someone clicks that link the user first passes through the domain t.co and then they are redirected to the original link you posted.
Although most links come as t.co, there are some cases where you will see twitter.com, this causes your Twitter referral data to be split.
To avoid that you can create a “Search and Replace” filter to convert either all Twitter referrals to t.co or twitter.com. Here is an example of how to use this filter to consolidate referrals.
- twitter.com / referral
- l.facebook.com / referral
- lm.facebook.com / referral
|Source / Medium||Sessions|
|1. t.co / referral||35(100.00%)|
- Name: t.co
- Medium: referral
- Action: consolidate with other Twitter referrals
Search trends t.co / referral
- help.twitter.com: About Twitter’s t.co link service