Share on Twitter Extension

The Share on Twitter extension is quite useful add-on for Twitter web users. It is available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers. It enables users to easily share the current tab, links and selected text on Twitter. Users can use its button on the toolbar or option in the context menu (right click menu). Install it from Mozilla AMO, Chrome Web Store or Opera’s Add-on Gallery – and start using it to be more productive.

How To Use

To tweet your current tab, click on extension’s toolbar button as shown in the following screenshot:

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Alternatively, you can right click anywhere on the page and select “Share page on Twitter” option in the appeared context menu, as shown in the following screenshot:

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Users can also share text snippets using this extension. Select the snippet and right click on it, then select the option “Share selection on Twitter”. The extension will automatically add URL of the current page to the selection, so that your Twitter followers can find the source page.

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To directly share any link on Twitter, just right click on it and select the option “Share link on Twitter”.

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Google Chrome users can use keyboard shortcut command Alt + T to quickly share the current tab on Twitter. Make sure this keys combination doesn’t conflict with any other installed extension.

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Change Preferences

By default, this extension launches the sharing link in a new popup window (new tab in case of Firefox). Users can change this preference and opt to open the sharing link in a new tab (popup window in case of Firefox). To change this setting, you would have to visit extension’s options page.

Chrome and Opera users should follow steps shown in this video. Firefox users should visit Extensions page by pressing Ctrl + Shift + A keyboard shortcut and choose “Options” in front of Share on Twitter extension.

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Now, you can change your choice and save the preference:

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Benefits

The Share on Twitter extension is a basic, light-weight and privacy friendly tool. It directly connects users to Twitter, without requiring any authorization or intermediate service. Moreover, it doesn’t use any third-party URL shortening service, because Twitter already offers its own link shortening service (t.co). You can track clicks and other related data using Twitter’s Analytics service for free. Hence, you don’t need any third-party link shortening service now.

This extension doesn’t ask for any permission like access to browsing history or modifying site content.

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The Share on Twitter extension has been appreciated by Google Chrome team, Opera team, Lifehacker.com and various others.

Moreover, the Share on Twitter is an open source project. You can browse and fork its basic code on GitHub.

Advanced Features?

For Chrome users, we offer a similar extension with few advanced features: Share on Twitter Plus. You should definitely check out the plus version.

If you like the Share on Twitter extension, please rate it on the Mozilla AMO, Chrome Web Store and Opera’s gallery. For any feedback or suggestion, leave a comment below, or email us at browsernative.apps@gmail.com.

Checkout our other extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers.

Posted by Arpit Gupta

Arpit is a web enthusiast watching browsers for long. He maintains several browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow Arpit on Twitter, or email him at editor@browsernative.com.

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