Thursday, September 8, 2011

Diaspora* Picture Share Bookmarklet

For those wanting an alternative to that can work on any pretty much any browser here are some bookmarklets for your use. It is a modified version of the Diaspora* Share bookmarklet but this one will create a Markdown embed image for your post automatically. The icon on your Bookmark toolbar will appear identically to the standard Diaspora* Share Link so I would recommend editing it and giving it some title like "D* Image Share" to differentiate it.

Below is the list of links for each pod. Locate your pod and drag the link up to your Bookmarks toolbar.

To use:

Be sure you have ONLY the image on the browser tab you are on. You can do this by right-clicking on an image in a web page and choose "Open Image In New Tab/View Image" (or some variation on that wording).

Once you are on the browser tab with only the image on the screen, click the D* Image Share bookmarklet you created earlier and it will open up a Share window with Markdown already made to embed the image, I don't recommend modifying the Markdown code unless you understand it. You can definitely add hashtags and any other text you like below it though (unlike

There is a slight aesthetic issue of a "bullet" character appearing near the image on your post. I can't change that as it pulls from the original Diaspora Sharing Page that I can't modify. If you are CAREFUL you can remove the hyphen from the beginning of the markdown text to remedy this for that post.

I do not have an account on every pod to test this bookmarklet. If it does not function though for you, unfortunately it is something specific to your pod that I won't be able to overcome.

A big thanks to Tony Baldwin for enlightening me that it is possible to use this on more than just the pod. He has a version of this bookmarklet that include a hyperlink to the original image. It is set up for but can be modified to your pod. His version is at