A Follow Up Lesson in Sharing

Bookmark this page

It seems obvious to millenials, but others find social networking very difficult to work with. A simple task like sharing content feels remarkably confusing, perhaps because of the wide variety of ways to accomplish the task. Here, we’ll look at the simplest way. No copy and pasting. No URLs. Just simple content sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious.

Before You Get Started

It’s probably easiest if you have your social networks already bookmarked and logged in. To bookmark in Chrome, simply go to the site and click the outline of a star located at the far right side of the search bar. If it turns gold, that means you’ve successfully bookmarked the site.

Sharing to Social Media

Usually, when you find a piece of content you want to share to Facebook, there’s a way to do it right from the site. Look around the article, image, or whatever it is you want to share to Facebook for the little “f” icon. Go ahead and click it, then follow the steps you’re prompted with in order to share to Facebook. Easy peasy.

Sharing to Twitter is a little trickier, sometimes, because of the character limit. Usually, if you click the Twitter bookmarklet below the article or whatever, it will automatically bring up a Tweet containing the URL that you can edit. If not, you’ll have to get a little creative, especially if the URL is a long one. Use a URL shortener like tinyurl.com to shorten the URL into something that will take up less space, and then Tweet to your heart’s content, little bird.

This is a different sort of social networking that basically takes your bookmark bar and makes it social. The icon for adding a Delicious bookmark looks like a little blue checkerboard. If you have a Delicious account, you can just click it and automatically put together a bookmark.

Sharing content to social media networks is a phenomenon that is probably not going anywhere anytime soon. There’s really no easier way to share than via the methods we just discussed, so get clicking! Happy sharing!