One of the features I like the most on the new Twitter is the ability to preview images and videos right there on the feed. I’m more likely to expand an image than click it. With links and articles this problem can escalate. How do you know if it’s worth your while to click through and read? That’s where this weeks cool tool comes in handy. Embedly is a browser extension – an application that attaches to Chrome, Firefox etc. – that allows you to preview any piece of content on Twitter before you click.
To enable Embedly you will need to visit their site and download the extension. I downloaded it for Chrome for Windows and the install was quick and painless.
Now when you visit Twitter you can see the option to ‘expand’ each individual post, revealing a quick preview of any link attached to it.
If you use Instapaper there is an option to add the story to your account to read later. This is a great little tool and I can see it improving my Twitter experience, because I can see what I’m getting into before I click I anticipate that I will discover lots more great articles and blogs.
So now it’s up to you to give it a try. Let me know how you get on.