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In this day and age, it’s fairly common to receive links to interesting sites via email. Yes, people share their links on Facebook and Twitter when they want all of their friends to see them. But, when you just want to quickly send something to your partner or to yourself for safekeeping, what do you use? I bet for a number of you, that answer is email.

So, if email is the go-to sharing method of choice, why do most people do it the slow way? People seriously go to the effort of opening a tab for Gmail, then starting an email to whoever, pasting the link and then sending. That’s quite a lot of effort for one simple link, huh?

Linker Setup

Linker is the Chrome extension that aims to end all of this madness and make your life incredibly easy when it comes to sending links. Once installed, you need to grant the extension access to Gmail in order to send email on your behalf. Then you’re ready to roll.

Email Links With Linker

From then on, whenever you’re viewing a page you’d like to share, you just click your little Linker icon (Chain Links) and choose a person to send it to. If you’ve never sent an email via Linker to this person, you can easily type the email into the box, and from then on the friend will be in your list. Just below the list of friends is a box to add a quick message. It’s really simple, and really quick.


Revisiting Links

Linker also keeps a list of the links you’ve seen and have sent using this extension. Click on the Linker icon and you’ll see an “Inbox” tab and a “Sent” tab. This will let you quickly get to those sites that were worth sending.


You can even check out from any other device to view your inbox and sent links. So, it doubles as yet another useful way to recall what you’ve been researching when you swap computers, change browsers or move to a handheld device.


Alternatives To Linker

So, we’ve already discussed the slow way to send links via email. There are a few alternatives for Chrome users, such as the Send By Gmail extension, the Email This Page extension, the Shareaholic extension (we’ve previously reviewed Shareaholic for Firefox Shareaholic Is A Must-Have Add-on For Social Media Addicts [Firefox] Shareaholic Is A Must-Have Add-on For Social Media Addicts [Firefox] You've probably signed up for a handful of different social networks over the years. Despite keeping these networks separate in your own head, the everyday browsing habits of internet users usually involve one main browser... Read More and Shareaholic for Chrome Shareaholic Lets You Share All The Cool Stuff You Find On The Web [Chrome] Shareaholic Lets You Share All The Cool Stuff You Find On The Web [Chrome] The Internet is all about sharing. Word of mouth is how we tend to stumble upon the best content on the web. After all, if your friends think something is cool, you can probably trust... Read More ), a few ways to send whole pages by email 3 Easy Ways To Send a Complete Web Page via Email 3 Easy Ways To Send a Complete Web Page via Email Read More and by making good use of the Omnibox 11 Quick Tricks To Become A Chrome Omnibox Power User 11 Quick Tricks To Become A Chrome Omnibox Power User Do you want to become an Omnibox power user and save plenty of time and keystrokes? All you need are a few good extensions and a little knowledge of how to tweak the search settings.... Read More .

The first few of these extensions just bring up an email window with your link in the message, while the Omnibox method involves a little bit of setup, a bit of geek know-how and then remembering that it’s there. All in all, Linker is far easier and much quicker to use.

Sending Links Via Email

Personally, I send a lot of random and funny things to my husband, and I often email myself things I need to take a look at later, like recipes to remember. What sort of links do you send via email?

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  1. dave
    March 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I installed Linker to Chrome and like it.
    The Linker icon shows either red colored or blue colored numbers on them that keep changing number value. ie: 16, 56 etc. I don't understand what they mean and can't find any reference to them. Any idea what these numbers are for?

  2. Joe Greenway
    March 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks a lot for the review.

    One note: Linker will also notify you when link you sent has been opened, so next time you talk with the recipient you actually know if he or she read your link!