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While Twitter’s 140 character certainly has its limits on how much you can share in a tweet, there are a few innovative ways you can get past that limit. Whether it’s using an app like StormIt to organize a series of tweets How to Bypass Twitter's 140 Character Limit With Storm It How to Bypass Twitter's 140 Character Limit With Storm It The next time you go on a rant on Twitter or just want to tweet a long post, you should use this app. It'll make your life much easier. Read More  or expanding your word count by tweeting screenshots from articles How to Streamline the Way You Share Screenshots on Twitter How to Streamline the Way You Share Screenshots on Twitter Including an image with your tweet makes it more likely to be retweeted. So why not make that process as easy as possible? Luckily there are a few services that strive to do just that. Read More .

With Chrome extension, Chirp for Twitter, sharing those snippets couldn’t be easier.

After you’ve installed the Chrome extension on your browser, you’ll want to log in to the service with your Twitter account. (You might get an error after trying to authorize the app. In my experience, logging out of Twitter before you go through the steps to authorize the app solved the problem.)

Once installed, all you have to do is navigate to the article you want to tweet, select the text you want to include in a screenshot. A button with the Twitter logo will pop up.

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Clicking that will open up a dialog box which you can move and resize and take a screenshot of that text. If you’d rather not have the text highlighted in your screenshot, just click outside of that box to de-select.

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Clicking the Screenshot button will open up a small dialog box in the corner where you can fill in the text of your tweet, and share it with your followers. Chirp will also automatically populate your tweet with the link to the article, and a mention of the Chirp Twitter account (which you can remove).

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And the final tweet will look like this:

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How do you share snippets from articles on Twitter? Let us know in the comments. 

  1. Peter Fitzsimmons
    August 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I've been looking for something like this for a while.

    Do you know how I can change which Twitter account it links to?

    I have two accounts but want to use this extension with my secondary account, but I can't find a way to change any settings?

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