Developing a code that shortens links

I want to develop a code that would shorten links to threads and stuff. i.e. something like [threadx]text[/thread] would link to the thread with thread id x. So,

[thread74892]Blah blah blah[/thread]

would turn into

Blah blah blah.

Is there any way to code this? I tried saying [threadx]??[/thread] should link to but it'll only produce a link for x, not for numbers.

Is there a way of coding this without having to add 10000 new codes?

(My apologies if this has been posted before.)
Title: Short links

Regular Expression:
\[thread=([0-9]+)\]([a-z0-9_\- ,.+]+)\[/thread\]

<a href="http://localhost/showthread.php?tid=$1" title="$2">$2</a>

How would this work if you're using Google SEO URLs set up as "showthread.php?123-Name-of-Thread"? Or does this only work with the default MyBB URL scheme? This would be a very useful item to use for my board.
I think the standard MyBB links redirect to the Google SEO / MyBB SEO links when visited. Not 100% sure on that though.
Please don't PM me for support. Smile
It should redirect if you enable so in the plugin settings. If you want it for the sake of beauty then you will need a plugin.

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