There’s a simple way to share ‘live links’ to Web pages, sending them from your desktop PC over to your Kindle Fire tablet. You use Trello. Say goodbye to QR codes, email, privacy-invading ‘social bookmarking’ cloud services, dodgy browser addons or apps, or tedious USB transfers.
1. Make a new private Trello board. Make at least one List on it, ready to accept new cards.
2. Open a new tab and find a YouTube video (or other media you want to send yourself a link for). Click and drag your desired URL’s ‘page information’ icon, just as if you were making a shortcut to the Web page on your Windows desktop.
But instead, you drag this link onto the Trello board over in the next tab, where you drop the link onto Trello’s “Add another card” area…
3. A new card will be auto-created for the video, with all the details filled in, a thumbnail and ‘live’ URL Web links. Whoopee! So much better than a plain bookmark and an icon.
4. Ok, now switch over to your tablet, such as the Kindle Fire HD. Launch your tablet’s Web browser, such as the Kindle’s Silk, and go to Trello.com. Log in as usual, go to your new board for your saved videos, and bookmark it.
5. In your new board, click on the newly saved Trello card to open it, and you’ll see that the ‘Description’ of the card will have one or more live clickable URL links in it. However, these main ‘Description’ link(s) WILL NOT be the link to the video you want, but to blah stuff that YouTube’s bots have likely added. Perhaps link to a “Related video” (often totally unrelated and unwanted!). Or more occasionally the poster will have added a link to a Fan page, or a Subscribe page (which are a bit more relevant). But either way, these links are unwanted. Just ignore the ‘Description’ area entirely.
The link to the video we actually saved is in the ‘Attachments’ of the card, together with the preview thumbnail. This area of the card is open by default, not hidden behind ‘click for more’ tedium. Click on this real Web link to launch and play the video on your tablet.
You’re done. You now have a near-instant and private way of quickly saving a video found while desktop browsing, sending it over to your Kindle Fire for later watching. No dodgy addons or flaky bookmarklets were required. This method may be especially useful for users of the Opera browser, as I could find no addon or bookmarklet that worked with Opera.
As it’s the elegant and easy-to-use Trello, you can also now easily create themed lists and more.