It should be as easy as one click to share a web page from your web browser on your social media feed. Right? Who wants to copy and paste a link from the address bar? What average person (who is not doing social media as part of their job) wants to create a short URL and then copying and pasting twice to share? Ugh.
Share Menu on macOS
It’s easy on the Mac if you’re sharing to Twitter or Facebook. In macOS, the Share button (first released in OS X Mountain Lion, August 2015), makes it really easy to share on social media—only to Twitter and Facebook—and other macOS apps that can be added and integrated.
But what about other social networks? Instagram and Pinterest pretty popular. The Share Menu says that there are “third-party extensions to customize your Mac.” Sure there are all kinds of app extensions, but I’ve not been able to find the extensions that let you share to other social networks.
How to share on Google Chrome?
The Google Chrome browser became the most popular web browser in May 2016, according to netmarketshare.com‘s Browser Market Share chart. But, have you noticed that there’s not an easy and fast way to share to Google+ in that browser? You would think.. and, it wasn’t until recently (in version 45) that Google Chrome added a menu item to Share, under the File menu. How long has social media been around? Surprising?
I searched high and low for a Google Chrome Extension to share on multiple social networks, especially the popular ones. There are plenty of extensions that can share to 1 or 2 social networks; and some that can share on social media more widely. I did not want to install multiple extensions, like one for each social network.
And, I wanted an extension that’d be work similarly on both Google Chrome and Firefox. I use multiple web browsers occasionally.
I found 2 that are more robust browser extensions for sharing on social: AddToAny and Shareaholic.
3 More Questions that I Would Share
Why was Google so late to add the share function in their most popular web browser?
What’s the future of Google+?
Do you know of another way that’s faster and easier to share?