How to install @ftrain’s SavePublishing bookmarklet on an iOS device

If you haven’t seen it yet, Save Publishing is cool. It’s a javascript bookmarklet that automatically identifies the sentences on a webpage that are the right length to tweet as excerpts, along with a link back to the page. (It’s easier to understand by seeing it in action.)

The problem is that installing bookmarklets in Mobile Safari on your iPhone or iPad isn’t easy. In case you want to do it, here is the process:

  1. Go to the Save Publishing page and copy the bookmarklet’s source code. (Its about half-way down the page.)
  2. Tap the share arrow (next to the URL field in Mobile Safari) and choose Bookmark. It doesn’t matter what page you’re on… you just need the bookmark. Name it “Save Publishing” or “Twitter Thing” or something like that and tap Save.
  3. Once the wrong bookmark is saved with the right title, tap the Bookmarks icon (looks like a little open book) and then tap Edit.
  4. Find the Save Publishing bookmark you just created and remove the URL then paste in the code you copied in Step 1.
  5. That’s it!

Or you could just add the bookmarklet to Chrome or Safari on a computer if you have iCloud or Google set up to sync your bookmarks. That would work, too.

Enjoy!

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