Regular readers know I’m a big fan of bookmarklets. I use dozens of them in my desktop and mobile browsers to do things like post links to Delicious and Twitter, subscribe to feeds in Bloglines, expand text-areas and fix unreadable color combinations on websites. I’ve written about using bookmarklets in mobile browsers here on WapReview and I maintain a small archive of Opera Mini compatible bookmarklets at o.yeswap.com. So naturally when Google generously gave me an HTC Evo Android phone at Google I/O, I wanted to use some of my favorite bookmarklets in Android.
First as most Android users know, there is a Share Page option in the browser’s menu (image above, left). By default, it lets you share the URL of the current page in an email or text message. It does this by invoking the Android Messaging, Email or Gmail app and passing it the URL. Many third party Android apps also add themselves into the Share menu including the official Facebook app, HTC’s Friend Stream and Peep, the Bluetooth File Transfer app and every Twitter client I’ve used.
There’s one annoying problem with page sharing as it’s implemented in the browser, is that with most apps it only shares the URL. When I’m sharing a link in a Tweet or a text I like to have the message pre-populated with the page title which I use as the basis for descriptive text to include along with the URL. There’s a fix for that in the form of a free app called Share More (Android Market Link) The app has no GUI, it just adds a Share with Title option (image above, left) to the browser’s share Menu. When clicked it retrieves the page title and then takes you back to the Share menu where you can send the URL plus the title to any browser’s other sharing destinations.
For Delicious there’s a great free app named Beelicious (Android Market Link) that adds itself to the Share Menu and lets you share page URLs and Titles with the social bookmarking service. Beelicious even maintains a local copy of all the Delicious Tags that you have used and suggests tags as you type (image below, left).
Thank you very much for sharing :) After Opera abandoning Opera Link on their latest browsers, something like Beelicious turns out a very handy way to put my Delicious account into good use again.
Speaking of Opera Link. It never worked for me in Opera Mobile Classic on two different devices. It would just display “Synchronizing your data…” forever without synchronizing anything. Yesterday I tried it again and it worked on both! It looks like Opera fixed something on the back end. Maybe that means Link is being prepped for inclusion in the Opera Webkit Browser
Thanks for adding a great post, fingers crossed this gets addressed in subsequent releases.
This is a year old post. Android OS since 2.2 fully supports bookmarklets.
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