Tweet-queuing service Buffer has introduced a very significant update that allows users of the popular social sharing service to enjoy its benefits direct from Twitter.com. A new Buffer extension for Google Chrome brings the exciting integration, which lets users add tweets to their ‘queue’ directly from Twitter’s own site, to avoid flooding their followers with messages.
The extension — which can be downloaded here — is independent of Twitter but adds a Buffer button to the site, and Twitter’s share bookmarklet, making ‘buffing’ as easy as tweeting itself. A Firefox version is in the works too and it should come very soon, Buffer is just waiting on Mozilla to publish it.
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“We’re really excited by this very powerful feature,” co-founder Leo Widrich told The Next Web, “as it allows Buffer to natively hook into Twitter.com and let’s you add new tweets, retweets or tweets via any Tweet button straight to your Buffer. Once in Buffer, the tweet will be queued up to be posted at a better time, well spaced out over the day.”
Twitter.com isn’t the only site used to tweet — indeed only 35 percent of Twitter’s own staff’s tweets come via the platform — but the addition of support for the nifty bookmarklet gives it greater opportunity to be used, alongside the tweet button, anywhere on the Web.
The guys at Buffer have been very busy over the last six months, bringing a bunch of new features and enhancements to the service, which have included Android and iPhone apps, a sharing button for blogs, a tie-up with IFTTT, analytics, Google Reader support and more.
As you’d expect, the company isn’t standing still and Widrich spoke of other areas where it is advancing, having recently passed the 10 million update landmark.
“We want to help people in every way we can to share better in every way possible,” he said. Widrich explains that the company has significantly improved the way it handles the buffering of YouTube videos and SoundCloud clips, both of which can now be natively embedded on Facebook, a feature that users had been keen on for some time.
“We have lots of new updates coming to both the Buffer button and the extensions,” Widrich revealed, “especially focusing on pictures…which will be mind-blowing.”
We’re certainly interested to hear what might come next. We think that the growth of cloud services might see an integration with Dropbox, Google Drive or other services, which would be well received.