Bookmarklets To The Rescue!
One of the most common challenges that we face, as a community of very diverse bloggers, is the lack of adequate social sharing options on the blogs we visit.
Whether this is because we honestly prefer a platform not listed, or because the buttons on the website are misbehaving, here’s a workaround that will help you get the content going where it belongs!
What Are Browser Bookmarklets?
A bookmarklet is a piece of active code (meaning it “does something”) that sits in your browser toolbar similar to a regular bookmark. Most modern desktop browsers support bookmarklets and they’re incredibly handy!
The most commonly sit in a small bookmark bar at the top of your browser (just under the address bar).
Why Bookmarklets Rather Than Browser Add-Ons/Extensions?
It’s all about speed! Add-ons (Firefox) and Extensions (Chrome) all slow down the browser and can contribute to conflicts later down the road.
Bookmarklets are super tiny pieces of code that do NOTHING until they are clicked. They have no involvement in the direct running of the browser and will not slow your browser down in day-to-day use.
Extensions/Add-ons are awesome because they can bring a ton of functional tools to the browser – but we don’t need that to just get some localized share buttons!
Some Popular Bookmarklets You May Enjoy
Below are links to blog posts that contain bookmarklets for some of the most popular sites!
Facebook Share Bookmarklet (Can publish to your FB pages/groups)
Do you know of any commonly used social site bookmarklet that I did not list above?
If so, please share it with us in your comment!
My personal favorites are the ones that let me share to multiple locations at once, so you’ll find Buffer, AddThis and Scoop.It in my bookmark bar.
~ Kim ~
PS: WordPress even has a special bookmarklet, called “Press This” that enables you to do rapid content creation as you surf around the web!
This post originally published Oct. 11th 2012, updated July 4th 2014