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 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.
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 getlinker.com 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 and Shareaholic for Chrome), a few ways to send whole pages by email and by making good use of the Omnibox.
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?