Introducing Zulalinks, a Bookmarklet for Zula
I like trying out new products, which is why I subscribe to things like BetaList. Often times products in an early stage are really cool, but they’re just not quite there yet. This is currently the case with Zula, a powerful collaboration tool that is slowly but surely taking on the likes of HipChat and Slack. They already have an Android and iOS app, as well as a web version, which is pretty amazing considering how new they are. They offer features like group chat, group calls, polls, file sharing and more.
I spend most of my working day at a computer and honestly prefer that over communicating via mobile. So I’ve started using their web version more, which you can find on web.zu.la (funky URL FTW). Once of the things I find lacking in Zula right now (which exists in HipChat) is a way to view all the shared links from a thread. I realized there isn’t a good way to do that in Zula (yet) but there also isn’t a great way to share links in the first place. Enter a cool but hidden Zula feature.
In Zula you can email directly in to a Space (the word they use for “projects” or “team” or what-have-you), which is great because if you’re in a situation where you need to fire off a message from your email client or forward something along, you can do it without entering the app.
So I put together a bookmarklet generator to help with this link sharing dealio. Here is how it works:
1. Generate your own personal Zula bookmarklet
2. Drag it into your browser’s bookmark bar
3. When you’re on a page that you want to share with your team, click on the bookmarklet.
It will open up a fresh email just as any other “mailto:” link would. It fills in your To: field for you, as well as the subject and body of the email (including the page’s title and a link to the page), so all you have to do is then click “Send” on your email. It’s that easy.
A few things to note:
- You need a Zula account for this to work (duh) but you also need to verify your email address with Zula, which you can easily do on your profile settings page.
- Your browser needs to have “mailto:” links configured. Ever been on a site where they tell you to “click here to email us”? If your email client opens up when you click on that sort of link, you’re good to go. If nothing happens when you click on that sort of link, this bookmarklet won’t work either. [I’ll need to write a post on how to make those links work in the future.]
- This has only been tested in Chrome so far. I’m not sure if it will work in other browsers, but test it out and let me know.
You can find the project here: http://projects.launchriot.com/zulalinks/, which include the actual generator, instructions on how to use it (video included), as well as GitHub links for anyone who wants the source code for it.
Special thanks to David Siha for sharing some JS tricks that made this project go way faster than it would have otherwise.