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The Complete Guide To Social Sharing: The Brand New Buffer Browser Extensions

May 10, 2012 4 min readBuffer News

A couple of weeks ago, we sat down at Buffer HQ and thought to ourselves: How can we make sharing much smarter and easier than it is now?

We realized one thing. Smarter sharing comes with posting algorithms, analytics and other tech improvements. At the same time, talking to lots of your and other awesome Buffer users, what makes sharing smarter, is to be able to do it right where you actually see the great content you come across.

That’s why we went ahead and built a brand new Buffer experience for your browser. Install one of the extensions and see the magic happening, wherever you are:

Get your Buffer browser extension

Each of these extensions is packed with brand new functionality to allow you to Buffer right from Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and many other places. Let’s dig in:

Add to Buffer directly from Facebook

Which site do we spend the most time with every day? – is what we asked ourselves. Clearly one of the sites that came up a lot is Facebook above lots of others. It is a great place to discover new links, videos and photos.

Being able to share them in an efficient and straight forward way was always tricky. With the brand new Buffer integration, feel free to Buffer several updates without flooding your friends stream.

1. Buffer your status updates

You can now Buffer your status updates. Is it is too late or too early for any of your friends to see your update?

Just Buffer it:

2. Buffer images from Facebook

Also, from now on, whenever you click the share button on a picture, you can Buffer it. The best part? It Buffers the actual picture:

If you click the Buffer button on pictures, it will take the picture instead of a link and you can share it also on Twitter or LinkedIn right away:

Of course, you can also just Buffer status updates with Buffer buttons on each of your sharing boxes

Reshare a status update with Buffer

And it of course also works when Buffering links you came across on Facebook:

Buffer directly from

What’s up there right after browsing Facebook for our daily Social Media activities? Tweeting of course, is what we thought.

On our hunt to allow you to share smart and efficiently wherever you browse, we went ahead and added Buffering functionality right into Twitter for you.

With, you can now add new posts to your Buffer without having to move to another tab or opening a dashboard.

There are 4 key ways you can now add to your Buffer right from

1. Buffer retweets

You can now Buffer retweets, so you can share more of the great content of your Twitter stream. And all that without ever overwhelming your friends and followers, having Buffer space out your posts for you:

2. Buffer new Tweets

You can also Buffer new Tweets from now on. Just open the Tweet box and start writing a new update:

Pro tip: This is especially handy if you want to post to different Twitter usernames, than you aren’t currently logged in. Just hit Buffer and toggle the other avatars and off you go:

3. Buffer blogposts via the Tweet button

One very handy feature is that if you now, click the Tweet button on any page, you will also be able to Buffer the post that you were reading:

Google Reader & Buffer

Now, that Facebook and Twitter were covered we thought some more. Which places on the web do you find awesome content so you should be able to Buffer from it? Google Reader of course – was our answer.

Whilst Buffer’s browser extension was already working inside Google Reader, we have now also put some neat Buffer buttons right inside your Google Reader. At the bottom of each post, you will now have a slick Buffer button available:

There is also a subtler icon available for you, so you can Buffer items in a more compressed view on Google Reader:

Reddit and HackerNews now Bufferable

As the last addition to complete the full guide of mastering the new Buffer browser extensions, we have added some neat add-ons to HackerNews and Reddit.

Reddit, tagged as The Front Page Of The Internet, now carries a subtle Buffer button on each item, so you can add it straight to your queue:

HackerNews, probably the most popular news site for startups and coding topics, has gotten a similar enhancement from us here:

Our most important goal is to let you Buffer from anywhere you go on the web. With these latest additions, I hope we have made a big step in that directions.

Go grab the new extensions for your browser here:

Get your Buffer browser extension

With these new additions, we hope Buffering is taken to a whole new level. What do you think of these additions? Where else do you want to Buffer from?

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