Quickly Share Links Across Devices with SendTab

[127/365] ImmersedThere are many times during the day–especially, but not exclusively, if you use services such as Twitter, Google+, or Facebook–when you’ll encounter a link that you’d like to check out, but, for whatever reason, the time isn’t right. Maybe you’re on the wrong device, maybe you’re at work instead of home (or vice versa), or maybe you’re just short on time.

There are a variety of services that let you save links. You could save a link to Pinboard or Delicious. You could send it to a service such as Instapaper or ReadItLater, or to an app such as Evernote or OneNote. If the link arrived via Twitter, you could mark the tweet as a favorite. All of these options imply an odd kind of commitment to a link that, after all, you haven’t even properly viewed yet. After all, if it turns out to be nothing, then you are just going to have to delete it later.

Enter SendTab (via Lifehacker). SendTab is an add-on for Safari or Chrome, and an iOS app that does exactly what the name suggests: it takes a link on one device, and sends it to a tab on another browser or device that you specify. (You can also send tabs from Firefox, though it doesn’t sync.) Here’s a video that shows it working:


SendTab lets you quickly gather links that you think you want to look at, but aren’t yet sure you want to save, and put them on the device where it’s most convenient to view them. (If you shared your password with another user, there’s nothing to prevent you from sharing links with others this way as well.) As Matt Haughey has pointed out, if you have a device like GoogleTV, you could use SendTab to quickly send videos to your television. SendTab also preserves a history of the links you’ve shared across devices.

If you ever find yourself wanting to shift a link from one device or computer to another, SendTab is worth a look. The browser add-ons are free, obviously, and the iOS app is $0.99.

How do you handle accumulated links? Let us know in comments!

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