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  1. have you guys thought about adding custom link shortener support directly through buffer? I don't want to deal with bit.ly. the issue with b

    have you guys thought about adding custom link shortener support directly through buffer? I don't want to deal with bit.ly. the issue with bitly is they offer a free version for individuals, and then a paid option for enterprise that is $1000 a month.

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    • Windows 10/Windows Edge PlugIn and App

      With Chrome really playing up by using Processor speeds and crashing occassionally on Windows 10, when can we see Buffer adding Apps (for all their products) in Windows Store and also create a Plug-In for the Edge browser?

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      • Flipboard Magazine Integration

        I would like to add content to my magazines on flipboard.

        Similar to chrome extension https://share.flipboard.com/

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        • Consolidated view of analytics for all accounts

          A single view of my posting analytics for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, so I don't have to check each one separately. Consolidation would be extremely helpful for understanding the "big picture" of what's working and what isn't.

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              Hey there, great one! Pricing is always something that we’re keen to think more about and this makes a lot of sense.

              Curious to learn more here, if you could design your ideal $5 plan, what would that look like to you and how would it help? Would love to make sure I have the full context, definitely no pressure at all to reply!

            • 16 votes
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              • gif facebook

                Allow publishing GIFs for Facebook!

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                • 16 votes
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                    • Add option to not auto-shorten short URLs

                      Currently if I have link shortening on, it will shorten all URLs, including those that are already shortened.

                      For example, if I put this message into the post box:

                      "RT @TechCrunch: Facebook is cracking down on clickbait http://t.co/DuEwrbemP1"

                      I get the following:

                      "RT @TechCrunch: Facebook is cracking down on clickbait http://buff.ly/1wukUds"

                      The t.co short URL is shortened again.

                      The problems with this practice:
                      1. Worse user experience, because users need to go through 2 redirects before reaching the target page.
                      2. It's considered impolite by many to tamper with the URL when retweeting, especially if the original short…

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                      • Open API access to community coding

                        The number of platforms that buffer could potentially support is incredible. It feels natural for the company to open up its development in a way that promotes further integrations to be coded outside of the team and in the community.

                        Check out Slack's integrations. At the bottom of the page it offers webhooks and other simple methods to integrate *anything* into their platform. I want buffer to be that platform.

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                        • Schedule GIFs

                          Now that GIFs are native on Twitter I would love an easier option to post them on buffer (aside from downloading them and uploading to buffer from Giphy which has a bigger database than the GIF Mood Board). Also would LOVE the added ability of scheduling GIFs in the Buffer dashboard and/or a way to buffer them in twitter after finding a GIF from the Giphy feature!

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                            Thanks so much for the great idea, Taylor! GIFs have become a huge part of how we communicate and we’re definitely using them all the time ourselves. I think this could be a great idea for us to look into!

                            One workaround that might help if you’re up for it, would be to right-click (or control+click on a Mac) on any gif you find (for example, on Giphy). If you have the Buffer extension installed in your browser, you’ll see an option to share that GIF through Buffer. I know that’s still not quite an ideal workflow, so I’d love to hear any thoughts of what might be your ideal solution to easily sharing more GIFs through Buffer!

                          • Integrate Buffer with Tweetbot

                            I have yet to figure out a friction-less way to reply or retweet a tweet using Buffer. Copy-and-paste works, but seems both clunky and time-consuming. Having the ability to read timelines from multiple accounts (a la HootSuite) would be even better -- read and Buffer in the same app! But if not, at least some sort of integration with TweetBot would be great -- an option to Buffer to a queue from within TweetBot.

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                            • Ability to export Buffer queue into an Excel/Word calendar, and then automatically emailed regularly (like Google Analytics)

                              I would love to have the ability to export my Buffer queue into a calendar in Excel or Word.

                              This would help me share my Buffer queue and use it for planning with other people in my organisation or clients, and to save me doubling up on documentation/administration.

                              It would be even more awesome if there was a way for this to be exported and emailed automatically at a set time every week/month (like Google Analytics reports).

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                                Thanks so much for the amazing suggestion, June! Can definitely see how useful it would be to more easily share your Buffer queue with other people.

                                While we’re not currently working on this, this is definitely on our radar and we’re exploring some options to make Buffer more useful in these types of situations!

                                Cheers,
                                Patrik

                              • Add search to published posts

                                It would be great if there was a keyword search function for published posts, to easily find and rebuffer them again.

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                                • Please stop shortening links when editing a post

                                  I appreciate the automatic link shortening, but when I'm advertising a page I don't want it shortened, I want the link to display the brand name and site. When I have to edit such a post in the queue, for some mystifying reason the link gets shortened again, even if it wasn't the link that edited. It's one thing to automatically shorten a link when creating the post initially, but when editing, please let us decide for ourselves if a link should be shortened again or not.

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                                  • Automatic Hashtag Append

                                    For companies that frequently want the same hash tag(s) appended to posts, it would be nice to predefine them then have them automatically added.

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                                    • Add support for Telegram channels

                                      Telegram (https://telegram.org) opened up an API for bots (https://core.telegram.org/bots/api), which can post messages to user's channels once they're added as administrators. It would be awesome to be able to post messages also on that platform.

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                                      • Put Team Members Back Into the Awesome Plan

                                        Please put team members back into the awesome plan for future sign-ups!

                                        This was a great feature and having it removed severely diminishes the attractiveness of the awesome plan. Many clients I know would baulk at paying the business fees however the awesome plan fits their needs. I control many clients accounts from my own buffer account as a team member, so this is an essential option!

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                                        • Upload thumbnail for video upload

                                          The new video upload feature is great! Thumbnails are generated quickly, and when videos are long, there are plenty of options to choose from.

                                          However, when videos are short (as is the nature with much of native video), very few thumbnails are generated, giving the poster very little choice.

                                          In 90% of cases, I am not satisfied with the thumbnails, and I leave Buffer and to post directly to the social platform.

                                          Please allow for thumbnail uploads after auto-generated thumbnails are created for uploaded videos.

                                          A compromise would be to create more thumbnails for shorter videos, or to give a…

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