7 easy ways to share a link on Twitter
Sharing links is one task that most twitter users would love to do. Majority of the tweets in my friends and followers timeline would be a shared link or a RT’d tweet sharing a link. There are a few tools which I use to share links on twitter. These tools have made tweeting links simpler. Let me go though a few of these tools and review them in short. The ultimate aim would be to share link on twitter with the least amount of mouse clicks.
This tool requires an one time signup process and you can add multiple twitter accounts. There is a small bookmarklet , called hootlet. Grab this and drop it in the toolbar of the browser(ff).
While browsing any site that you want to share, just click on the hootlet and submit. Your site will be shared instantly on your twitter timeline. The advantage of this tool is that you can check the click statistics for the links you have shared. The shared links are also RT friendly. The tweets can also be scheduled to be posted in future.
Most users have an account on the social bookmarking site Delicious and are rather comfortable with it. If you are not, then skip it. To share a link in twitter via Delicious, make a tag as “Twittershare” or anything you like. Copy the RSS link for this tag and paste it in any site that can post RSS feeds to twitter (pingvine.com, RSS2Twitter or twitterfeed)
While bookmarking a link, assign this tag to the link, pingvine will automatically publish it to your twitter time line. Though RSS feeds are near-real time, there may be some latency issues.
You can either signup or still share the sites without signing up for an account with snurl.com. Similar to Hootsuite, grab the bookmarklet from the site and paste in your browser tool bar. When you Snip an url, the shortened url along with a base url description, is copied.
All you have to do is to paste it in any twitter client or web interface along with the site description and share it. It involves a few steps of copy and paste. If you are a signed up member of snurl, you can check your link’s click statistics.
This is again a bookmarklet but it can also be added as an firefox add-on. While browsing the site you want to share, just click on the twit-that icon and a small browser window opens. Here enter your twitter account details and on the next step, you can choose to share the link.
Bigtweet is my favorite link sharing tool. Its compatible with both IE and FF. Just bookmark the bookmarklet and you are ready to share links. With just one click, the URL to be shared is shortened along with the title description. One the second click you can update it in your twitter timeline. It uses bit.ly to shorten url and you can keep track of the links you shared, if you have signed up for bit.ly. Bigtweet also lets you share links in your friendfeed timeline.
This is very much similar to BigTweet. Go to the site and sign up with your twitter username and you get a customized bookmarklet. On clicking it, a pop up window appears with a text box filled with the title description and the shortened URL. This is the most minimalistic service of all the tools discussed so far.
The Digg toolbar is another way to share link that you are Digging. It cannot be used to share any undugg links. Clicking on the twitter icon in the Digg bar on any site being Dugg, opens up a popup window. The site’s title description and shortened URL is populated in the text field and is ready to be shared. It used Digg inhouse URL shortening service. Again, if you are new to Digg and not familiar with terms like “Digg” or “Dugg”, just skip it.
If there are any other services or tools that you use and find it really simple and minimalistic, do add it up here!