Really? Is this what you're going to try to do? This approach to controlled sharing = FAIL right from the starting gate and simply means I'll be using another system or app that makes sharing simple. Some of the apps that try to control your sharing include the following:
- Facebook - Try to share out of Facebook and you end up only being able to share to Facebook. I have to copy a link or open in Safari FIRST, then copy the link, then go to an app that enables sharing. Come on, Facebook. We know you're evil and trying to monetize, but wouldn't it make more sense to enable sharing a link to Facebook where the original link is available? Let me share that link anywhere and to whatever app or location I want.
- Google Plus - In the fight for my sharing soul, Google Plus makes sharing a pain. It only allows sharing to 3 places, including Safari browser, Chrome browser on the iPad, or Copy Link. Again, What's the point in sharing to two apps that don't do a great job in the sharing department? Essentially, I'm stuck in the Google Plus ecosystem, which as rich as it is, doesn't make sharing to the world possible. My suggestion for G+ developers is the same as the one for Facebook. Let me share a link that points people back to the original link hosted/framed in G+ and make it possible for me to share with the world.
Here we start out with Google Plus and I decide I want to share Harold Shaw's posting of "Trying is Not Enough - A Veteran Runnah." My goal is to drop it into Evernote's Fitness Notebook which will end up shared via Facebook. By sharing it with Evernote, I'm able to keep track of it and not lose it in Facebook's timeline which scrolls and eventually all content gets lost in over time.
Problem is, I only have these 3 options...come on, why make it so hard, Google Plus?
If you go to Safari browser or Chrome, the options are limited for sharing. Simply, you can share to G+ in Chrome or, if in Safari, you can...not do much.
Here's what Facebook sharing looks like:
Successful Examples of App Sharing
On the contrary, here are two apps that make sharing a joy and don't try to lock one into their ecosystem. Of course, I'm referring to Pocket and Apollo Internet browser on the iPad. Both are free tools that know how to place nicely with others.
The Apollo browser has a plethora of sharing approaches:
And, if you copy the link, you can open see things appear in Pocket...notice the green bar tha allows you to add a copied link to Pocket...it appears at the bottom of the screen:
Let's go, programmers! I know it's Winter Break and all, but SHARING IS HUMAN. Don't let your technology get in the way of that!