TwitSnip is a simple tool for easily posting to Twitter. It lets you "quote" text on any web page. It does nifty things like looking up the @user for the website and linking back to the source. It shortens the URL too. It even tries to shorten the length of the tweet (when needed) using a twitabulary of short words. Try it, we think you might like it.
To install the bookmarklet:
- FireFox/Safari/Chrome: Drag-drop this TwitSnip link into your bookmarks.
- Internet Explorer: Right-click on the TwitSnip link and choose "Add to Favorites".
Note: When you install in Internet Explorer, you're going to get a warning message that says the "You are adding a favorite that may not be safe." You'll need to click Yes on this. (Rest assured, it's safe). Also, IE is a bit quirky with this kind of stuff. If I were you, I'd switch to Firefox.
To use the bookmarklet:
- Browse around to some web page.
- Highlight/select some portion of text (as if you were going to copy it)
- Invoke the TwitSnip bookmarklet by choosing it
- Review your tweet and post it.
What makes this useful is that based on what website you are quoting, it will try to figure out the @username for that site (if they have a twitter account). It will also create a short version of the URL to replace the longer link. Finally, it will use a twitabulary to try and shorten the text if needed.
Off to the races...