Due to Buffer.com browser extension not allowing you to unshorten links when sharing on Twitter (they use their own shortener buff.ly unless you purchase a paid plan: https://faq.buffer.com/article/396-publish-unshorten-link ) I was searching for a replacement. I found something similar: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/share-on-twitter/gkjgmeeoldebbdoehhngapnlfmdbmiie?hl=en but I’m not really trusting it.

Then I came across this article https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-revolutionary-bookmarklets-for-sharing-to-replace-your-extensions/ which reminded me of the good old days when I was indeed using such “javascript-bookmarks” aka bookmarklets in Firefox (although I’ve switched to Chrome since then). Apart from Facebook whose bookmarklet page is still alive https://www.facebook.com/share_options.php, all other services have either put their down or moved to browser extensions.

After a few searches, I finally found Twitter’s own “official” bookmarklet, see announcement here: https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/a/2010/tweet-button-bookmarklet-share-links-from-any-page.html (back in 2010!!) Unfortunately this URL is 404 now: https://developer.twitter.com/pages/share_bookmarklet

Also tried the bookmarklet from here: http://marklets.com/Twitter%20%27Share%27%20Bookmarklet.aspx but this doesn’t seem to even work anymore in Chrome, I can’t drag&drop it to the bookmark bar!!! :(

As said in an answer on SO: “Bookmarklets were sacrificed on the altar of supposed security benefits.” https://stackoverflow.com/questions/39505367/why-bookmarklet-does-not-worrk-on-twitter

So how can I find a good way to share a link (my current browser tab/page) on Twitter by a single click?

PS: found a somehow related question here Shortening an URL and Sharing it on Twitter with a Keyboard Shortcut on Firefox/Chrome but it was closed in 2014 as “off-topic” (?)

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  • You are looking for a browser extension that auto-shortens URLs to share on twitter? This is considerably Off-Topic and impractical for browser usage. I recommend Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V – DaMaxContent Dec 28 '18 at 15:41
  • Perhaps a better approach to getting an answer is to broaden your target product. Instead of asking for a URL-shortener specifically for twitter, I'd ask for something like "auto-shorten-and-copy-to-clipboard" or "auto-shorten for easy sharing." Or take up programming and use SO to help write such an extension. – DaMaxContent Dec 28 '18 at 15:50

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