ASP.NET / VB / REGEX: Automatic Twitter Links

Using ASP,NET, VB and REGEX, I want to automatically create twitter links from this:
(@xyz) where xyz is the twitter username.

The problem with the code below is that it returns this:
<a href="http://twitter.com/(@WWF)">(@WWF)</a>.

instead of this:
(<a href="http://twitter.com/WWF">@WWF</a>).

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<!\S)(\(@\S+[^\s\)]+\S)", "<a href=""http://twitter.com/$1"">$1</a>")

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hankknightAsked:
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käµfm³d 👽Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Try this:

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<!\S)\((@)(\S+[^\s\)]+)\)", "<a href=""http://twitter.com/$2"">$1$2</a>")

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