How to: Use social bookmarking for Twitter

Last night, a Mashable post described a “simple bookmarklet that posts URLs to Twitter (in a shortened form, of course) and then saves that tweet as an easy to find bookmark in your browser.”

The tool looks pretty slick, but I’m always hesitant to adopt new tools if my old ones can get the job done with little or no extra effort.

This post explains how “twiterrers” can use Delicious to share bookmarks on Twitter. If you aren’t already using Delicious, I strongly suggest giving it a go, especially if your browser’s built-in bookmarking tools don’t make it easy to manage your evergrowing list of favorites. If you use Firefox, try the Delicious plugin. It imports your existing bookmarks and integrates with the browser, so you don’t have to change your workflow. The Delicious bookmarklet should work fine for non-Firefoxers. I use the ShareThis bookmarklet to take care of all my link-sharing tasks in Chrome.

Once you’re all set up, go to the Delicious site and click on the bookmarks “tab.” That will bring you to a list of your most recent bookmarks (here is mine).

Near the bottom of that page, you’ll see a link for your list’s RSS feed. Right-click on that link, and copy the address.

Now head on over to twitterfeed and set up an account.

Once you’re logged in, go to “my feeds” and “create a new twitter feed.” For the “RSS feed URL,” paste in the URL that you copied from the bottom of your Delicious bookmarks page. Tweak the other settings to suit your preferences and then hit the “create” button.

Now, when you add a bookmark in Delicious, it’ll post to your Twitter account as well. Here is what my test looked like:

Note that Twitterfeed can check your bookmarks only as frequently as once every 30 minutes, so there is some delay.

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