Blog Tip Thursday: Sharing with Buffer & Chrome

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Do you share the valuable articles, blog posts, offers, and images you come across with your followers through your social media accounts?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll definitely say it again: I recommend using the Buffer App for sharing through your social media accounts. [Are you a Buffer user yet? Just grab this link to signup and we’ll both get extra features for free: http://buff.ly/M14zjF ]

Did you know that I love all things Google? Google docs [and now Drive] owns my soul, I want to GChat my life away, the way I organize my Gmail mirrors the way I organize my life, and I swear by Chrome. [yes, I even have fondness for Google+.  But I’ll leave my defense for another time.] To put it simply, I LOVE GOOGLE.

Now that you know this about me, it shall come as no surprise that the Google Chrome extension for use with Buffer is one of my favorite “work smart, not hard” tools.

To get the extension for Chrome, check out the Buffer extras page. Here’s a couple ways to utilize the tool once you have it.

Time saving tip number one…

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To add to your Buffer queue while visiting the webpage you want to share:

1. Press little button and wait for Buffer to pull up it’s magic on your screen.

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BOOM! There it is.

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2. Deselect the accounts you don’t want to update with this particular link.

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3. Edit the text before and/or after the link.  Make your comment unique and polished for your followers.

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4. Receive confirmation of the addition.


Time saving tip number two…

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To add to your Buffer queue while using your Google Reader:

1. When you have a post you want to share, select the small Buffer logo to the right of the post title.

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2. Deselect the accounts you don’t want to update with this particular link.

3. Edit the text before and/or after the link. Make your comment unique and polished for your followers.

4. Receive confirmation of the addition.


Time saving tip number three…

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To rename subscriptions in your Google Reader:

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1. Hover over the name in the subscription list.  Click on the arrow to get to the drop down menu.

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2. Select “Rename subscription” and enter your preferred name for the subscription.  I think that renaming the feeds to the Twitter handles of the blogger was one of the smartest things I’ve done this year.  It makes properly crediting the link as I’m adding them to Buffer from Google Reader so much easier and less time consuming!

[note: I also use this trick when I enter giveaways on blogs I don’t always read.  I add the date the giveaway ends to the subscription name and add it to my “Giveaways” folder in my subscription list. [you can store each subscription in multiple folders, which is handy in this case!]  Then when the giveaway date is up, I rename the subscription again by removing the date, and remove it from the “Giveaways” folder.

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