App.net is a social network and a platform for applications – a network of independently developed apps – that members can choose between. Depending on your preferred method of connecting to App.net, there is an app for you. This series will showcase the variety of apps you can use.
As App.net continues to grow in all directions, new and interesting ways to share content and interact with the community continue to pop up. BLIMSHOT is a cleverly built tool that helps you to easily share content on App.net.
BLIMSHOT is a worfklow app, a Chrome browser extension built by @kosso, which lets you share links directly to your App.net feed while attaching a customize-able screenshot to the post. Once you install the extension in Chrome, which is quick and easy, you can begin sharing.
When you’re on a page that you’d wish to share with the ADN community, simply click on the Blimshot icon in the Chrome toolbar. Your browser window will darken a bit and you’ll see the the BLIMSHOT logo in the upper left.
You’ll also notice that your cursor will turn into crosshairs for you to create your desired screenshot. Click and hold down your cursor to crop the box over the desired portion of the page that you wish to include in the screenshot. Release and you’ll see a preview of the image.
If you like how the preview looks, click the check box at the bottom right of the image and you’ll see two options to share.
The first auto-populates the the page title which is hyperlinked back to that site using ADN annotations. Any text you add will also be hyperlinked. The second option for posting will auto-populate the same page title but it will not be hyperlinked, but the URL will be added to the post. It is up to you which option to use but if the page has a long URL the first option usually makes a cleaner post.
If you would like a video tutorial of BLIMSHOT, @kosso provides a clear, concise how-to here. BLIMSHOT is not his only app. @kosso has been busy developing for ADN so take his other apps for a spin: #PAN, BLI.MS, BLIMSKETCH, & DESKFACE. Read more about @kosso in his Seven Questions with Developers q+a from February.