From David Chartier:
I think all the big social networks should divide up special characters so they all link to different services properly, then get it implemented with OS and browser makers.
I like this idea. There’s no reason some of the more feature-rich applications shouldn’t include this type of functionality. A lot of them already do smart things like format text that looks like a url as hyperlinks.
Chartier suggests a top down approach in which apps and OSes implement it as a standard, but I think this is more likely to become a de facto standard. It’s just one of those features that makes sense for everyone to implement, a la “pull to refresh”. There’s no reason that @daboyter shouldn’t auto-link to twitter.com/daboyter.
David Chartier, A Modest Proposal For Social Media Names: ∆