Flash! I try the Kindle post to Twitter function
I know a lot of you went, “Huh?” when Amazon added posting to Twitter and/or Facebook from your Kindles with the latest update.
I think this is a good thing for literacy and the love of books…really.
You know how when characters get hit on the head in old cartoons birds flew around their heads in a mad swirl?
That’s how a lot of people view their lives now.
No, no, not the being hit on the head part…well, maybe.
They have this whole automat of things rotating around them: work, friends, movies, songs, TV shows…and they just pluck one out of the air when they want it.
Why shouldn’t books be part of that mix?
It seems…exclusionary to want it to be hard for people to get to books to read. Yes, books (some books) are wonderful, magical, very valuable…but that doesn’t mean they need to be some treasures to be won by a quest.
Twitter is one of those flitters, those invisible sprites that accompany people all the time now, and that they invoke with magical passes over their touchpad SmartPhones (and tablets and yes, even Kindles).
Well, the idea of tweeting a quotation from a Kindle does intrigue me.
However, have been working with them for years, I know that 140 characters isn’t much for quotations…if you want to source them properly. Even if you don’t…that’s not much (maybe line and a half in a typical Microsoft Word document at a typical setting).
Connecting to Twitter seems to be a serious challenge for the Kindle, when you are going through the web browser. It took me several attempts (my connection isn’t good where I am most of the time) to manage to put in my information to link my Kindle to Twitter. This is one of those things I’d love to be able to do through
Oh, how do you set it up?
Go to Home-Menu-Settings-Social Networks-Manage
You’ll see a choice under twitter to “link account”. Then, follow the directions. This a short excerpt from the manual:
- To link your Kindle to your Twitter account, select “Link Account” under Twitter.
- Move the 5-way down to highlight “Username or Email” and type your Twitter user name or e-mail address. To enter a capital letter, press and hold the Shift key down while pressing the letter.
- Move the 5-way down to highlight “Password” and type your password. To enter a capital letter, press and hold the Shift key down while pressing the letter.
- Move the 5-way down to highlight “Sign in” and press to select it.
- If this is the first time you are linking a Kindle to your Twitter account, select “Allow” to confirm that you want to allow your Kindle to access your Twitter account.
- You will return to the “Manage Your Social Networks” screen, where your Twitter user name is now displayed. Your Kindle is now linked to your Twitter account.
Once it has been set up, you can send highlights you make to Twitter (what I call “klipentweet”).
When you are reading a book, you can just use your 5-way to click at the beginning of the quotation you want, and then at the end of it. Ordinarily, that’s all you need to do.
If you want to share it (and you’ve set that up), then you press ALT+enter (the bent arrow…diagonally to up and to your right from the Sym key on a K2). If you click the end of the highlight first, just 5-key back over the highlight…you’ll be given the share option again.
When you choose share, you’ll be given a choice to add a note.
That’s important: what gets shared is just a link to the quotation at the
page, and a #Kindle link.
It does not include in your tweet the actual quotation.
In this case, I typed the actual quotation by hand as the note:
When you click on it, you get this:
The material that Amazon inserted into the tweet took 40 characters, leaving me with 100.
I can see how this has some specific limited uses, and might sell a few books for Amazon.
One other interesting thing: you can share your notes as well, and you can share notes or highlights after you’ve made them.
To make a note, have a book open and do
Menu-Add a note or highlight
Then, you just type.
After that, you’ll see a choice to Save & Share, just Save Note, and some other options.
Note that means you could send something from your Kindle that has nothing to do with the book!
Hey, I just tested this…this is cool! You can tweet from a personal document…so you could put a personal document, like a text file, on your Kindle and just tweet from that one. It will show context from your document, if any, but that’s great! Hmm…except, I deleted it from Twitter and it didn’t delete from http://kindle.amazon.com . Hopefully, that’s not permanent.
Huh, that’s an interesting point!
Amazon does not normally back up your notes from non-Kindle store items at that kindle.amazon site…but they do back up your tweets. That sounds to me like you could set up a protected (private) account at Twitter, share your tweets (just with yourself or with other people you authorize…like a study group) and have them backed-up where you can copy and paste them easily…nice! I haven’t tested that one out, but it seems logical.
I can really see this saving somebody who is stuck somewhere…tweeting from the Kindle. “What’s that Lassie? Timmy tweeted from his Kindle that he fell down the well? Good dog!”
To share notes or highlights you’ve made previously, go to
Menu-View My Notes & Marks
Go to the one you want, and do that Alt+Enter thing.
That’s it…not too hard, once you get used to it. It has posted to Twitter the two times I’ve done it easily and quickly. Seems to be tweeted in minutes, certainly…might be right away.
Oh, and Facebook? Haven’t been able to test that…I don’t have a Facebook page.
My offspring’s dog does, though.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.