Check out the small new twitter/facebook share links on this thread
(only enabled there as a test) and let us know what you think
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 11:34 AM (278 comments total)
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Quick story: I noticed since the uptake of Quora
by seemingly everyone online that friends on twitter started to pop their freshly asked questions into their twitter stream as a way to alert their following friends that they had a question they could use some help on. I found that super handy and we've had several requests over the past year to do something like that on the posting page (adding a "share this on twitter/facebook as well?" checkbox or something). But instead, I think it's pretty minimal and useful to just add the two biggest social sharing options (instead of the giant SHARE THIS plethora of icons you see on many blogs asking you to Buzz it! Sblast it! and Shmedlink This!) for everyone, not just at the moment you ask a question.
It'll be useful not just for sharing your freshly asked Ask MeFi questions with your followers, but we would add it to all subsite comment thread pages, so it'd be much easier to share an awesome song from MeFi Music
on twitter (something I do often and by hand using URL shortener services). You could share job openings you just posted to MeFi Jobs
, your newest Project
, or just a MeFi post you loved that you weren't the original poster of. Since we launched IRL for meetups and offline events, we've tried several avenues for helping people promote their event, having a simple link to share a meetup with your local mefi friends following you on twitter or facebook would probably be the best way to let them know, better than email reminders or status messages at MeFi.
For the twitter link, we did implement a simple URL shortener apache .htaccess hack. The format is as follows for all sites:
MeFi: mefi.us/w/[link id]
Ask: mefi.us/a/[link id]
Projects: mefi.us/p/[link id]
Music mefi.us/m/[link id]
Jobs: mefi.us/j/[link id]
IRL: mefi.us/i/[link id]
MetaTalk: mefi.us/t/[link id]
The boba fett test thread has a short URL of http://mefi.us/a/175073 and follows the above conventions (and it bounces to the canonical full URL through a simple redirect).
I tested this out myself on Twitter
and it worked, so we could push this out today if the consensus is that everyone is cool with it.