@EXDE601E Sorry George - wrong link! Hold on for correct link! -BMR— Buffer (@buffer) July 26, 2013
Slowly but surely, Buffer has become a very useful tool for sharing links from all over the web. It’s not necessarily due to a better feature set – after all, they only added custom scheduling a couple of weeks ago – but rather to the large number of services they support: you can post to the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now Google+ also) and from a wide range of sources: from the web through browser extensions, from mobile apps like Newsify, Reeder and Feedly and programmatically through ifttt. As TweetDeck – unsurprisingly – stopped supporting Facebook after being acquired by Twitter, Buffer remained the best solution for scheduled posting on Facebook.
Recently though I ran into a small problem: the browser bookmarklet I used for adding links to Buffer stopped working. I don’t want to add another extension because Chrome uses up enough memory as it is. I tried to reinstall the bookmarklet, but unfortunately it isn’t listed on the page of supported tools anymore. After a while I even contacted their support on Twitter, with little success. So finally I decided to try to build my own version, however simple.
It turned out to be relatively easy: based on the examples proposed for Feedbin, I replaced the address and parameters with those used by Buffer and that was it! To add it to your browser you need to bookmark any page, then edit the bookmark, replacing the title with something like ‘Add to Buffer’ and the page address with the code below.
Or, if all works well (I haven’t tried this before), you can drag the following link to the bookmarks bar: Buffer link.
The new bookmarklet is far from perfect though: the biggest problem is that the Buffer sharing window can’t be closed, neither from the ‘close’ button, nor does it go away automatically after buffering a status; but you can use the browser’s Back button to return to the page you visited. As far as I could test it, it works in all major browsers.