Sunday, March 05, 2006

Using blogs: Emailing posts to a friend

When you read a post on a blog that you think a friend would find of interest, it is easy to send a link to that post directly from the blog page. This is true of PLAINFIELD TODAY, CLIPPINGS and many other blogs you may encounter.

At the bottom of each post is a little 'command center' for options you can exercise in relation to the post. (Previously I have covered the permalink, the comment, and searching the blog. See links at end of this post.)

The email option is accessed through the little envelope icon at the end of the post, indicated in the illustration below (as always, clicking on the image will give you a larger version):

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Clicking on the envelope icon brings up the following window:

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You simply fill in the blanks and hit the blue send email button. That's all there is to it. If you check the remember me box, your name and email address will be stored on your computer to automatically insert in the appropriate boxes each time you send an email link. Saves time!

There is also a message box for you to type a brief (maximum 300 characters) message which will appear in the body of your friend's email message.

Your friend receives an email message similar to the one below, identifying you as the sender, the name of the blog, the name of the post (permalink), and a link to the post. Couldn't be simpler or more elegant.

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Give it a try!

Of course, if you find you are sending a lots of posts to friends, maybe you want to consider pointing them toward me and being put on the daily email list.

-- Dan Damon
Keywords: using blogs

Previous posts on using blogs:

"Using blogs: Understanding Permalinks"

"Using Blogs: Searching a blog, or all blogs"

"Using blogs: Posting a comment"


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