Faster sharing with the Buffer Browser Extension
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Whenever you come across a piece of content online that you'd like to share to your social media accounts, simply click on the Buffer icon that appears at the top of your browser and the composer will open up right on the page that you're viewing. The title of the page along with a link to it will be automatically pulled into the composer for each of your social accounts ( excluding Facebook), which you can then customise if you'd like to. You can then add the post to your queue, or choose from any of the other posting options.
Adding Posts to your Queue using the Browser Extension
Find an article or blog post that you’d like to share and click on the Buffer icon at the top of your browser.
The composer will open up right on the page, saving you having to go back to your Buffer dashboard to add the post to your queue. At the top of the composer, select the social accounts you'd like to share the post to.
A separate box will appear for each type of social network that you've selected. For example if you're sharing to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, you'd have 4 boxes available. If you're sharing to multiple social accounts of the same network, e.g. multiple Twitter or Facebook accounts, you'd still only have 1 box per social network. You can read more about that here.
The title of the page along with a link, will be automatically pulled into each box ( excluding Facebook), which you can then use to form your message. We recommend optimising the message for each social network that you're sharing to and you can read more about that here.
For Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, you'll see some Suggested media below the message box. These images are being scraped from the page that you're sharing and you can click on any of them to include them with your post. Up to 4 images can be included for Twitter, while only 1 can be included for Instagram and Pinterest. Alternatively you might prefer to upload your own image or video, which you can do by clicking on the upload button on the left hand side.
For Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, you'll see a link preview, which mirrors what you would get if you were sharing a link on one of those networks directly. You can choose an alternative image for the link preview by using the arrows to the left and right of the image, or replace the link preview with an image or video only by clicking Replace link attachment with image or video.
Once you've finished customising your posts, go ahead and click Add to Queue or choose from any of the other options (Share Next, Share Now, Schedule Post).
If you find an image on a page that you’d like to use with your post, simply hover over it and click on the Share Image link that appears, or right click on the image and click Buffer This Image.The composer will open with the image already attached to the post.
Another great tip is that you can easily share quotes by highlighting a snippet of text on the page and then clicking on the Buffer icon in your browser menu or right clicking on the text and clicking Buffer Selected Text. The composer will open, this time without the page title, and instead with the text that you highlighted, wrapped in quotation marks.
2 Lesser Known Ways To Use The Extension
The Buffer extension also offers another feature, called the Power Scheduler, which is a really great tool to help you share an article multiple times. This is a great way to give your content the maximum exposure it deserves. We have a full article and video about how to get the most out of the Power Scheduler right here!
The extension also allows you to schedule both retweets and Facebook shares!
For example, retweeting multiple tweets in one go, might flood your Twitter feed and turn off some of your followers. To prevent this, you can add retweets to your Buffer queue using the Buffer icon that appears on the tweet, which ensures you’re still providing great content to your followers, but within your preset schedule, thus avoiding overwhelming them. You can also click on the retweet icon and then click on Buffer Retweet.
Similarly with Facebook, you can click on the Buffer link that appears beneath the post to add it to your queue.