I like to share important news stories I read from the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Bloomberg with my Google Plus colleagues, but it’s rare to find G+ on share bars. The URLs are ridiculously long. Is there some simple way I can share anyway?
You’re right that many of the social media sharing bars or icon lists on major news media sites, not to mention other Web sites, still omit Google Plus from their list, even though it’s a busy site with lots of smart people and good content. You’d think that anywhere they can have their content shared would be good, but my guess is that there’s a default configuration for the plug-in that’s in use and it includes Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Digg, but not much else. Also missing from most is Pinterest, but Pinterest does have a “pin it” button you can install, so that one’s pretty easy to solve.
Back to Google Plus, though.
I’ll use the Washington Post as an example, because it’s a site that needs to update its sharing links muchly because it does have crazy long URLs for its articles.
Here’s an example:
Now you’d like to share this on Google Plus, but there’s no link.
Click on the Facebook share button on the Post page and it shows up ready to share with the link hidden and the article already scanned for a photo to include:
That’s easy. So what’s with G+?
To solve the sharing problem, instead always click on the Twitter sharing link on a page. Why? Because Twitter has to use shortened URLs to fit into the constraints of a tweet, and we can leverage that.
Here’s the “share on twitter” window:
The highlighted text is by default, but what you want is the shortened wapo.st URL that is WAY easier to work with both on Google Plus and in email or even text messages.
Simply highlight the URL, copy it, then paste it into a Google Plus status box, like this:
That works perfectly. Quick, easy, succinct.
Until the Google Plus share button is omnipresent, using the Twitter link as a shortcut is the way to go!