A quick guide for "sharing" webpages/"links" and other data over "the internet"

Step one, learning what we are dealing with and what we are about to do. Terminology and practices:

"In computing, a hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference to data that the user can follow by clicking or tapping. A hyperlink points to a whole document or to a specific element within a document." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink

This is also known as a "URL"

"A Uniform Resource Locator (URL), colloquially termed a web address, is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL

"In a web browser, the address bar (also location bar or URL bar) is a GUI widget that shows the current URL. The user can type a URL into the bar to navigate to a chosen website; in most modern browsers, non-URLs are automatically sent to a search engine." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Address_bar

term #1: "A WEB ADDRESS" - so https://www.richardkramen.com is a web address.

term #2: "ADDRESS BAR" - and https://www.richardkramen.com goes in the address bar.

Okay. Next. The act of "getting it (the web address) from one place to another" - Cut, copy, and paste:

This is something what we will do, via a keyboard, a mouse or by tapping with our fingers. Technically speaking:

"Computer-based editing can involve very frequent use of cut-and-paste operations. Most software-suppliers provide several methods for performing such tasks, and this can involve (for example) key combinations, pulldown menus, pop-up menus, or toolbar buttons.

1. The user selects or "highlights" the text or file for moving by some method, typically by dragging over the text or file name with the pointing-device or holding down the Shift key while using the arrow keys to move the text cursor.
2. The user performs a "cut" operation via key combination Ctrl+x (⌘+x for Macintosh users), menu, or other means.
3. Visibly, "cut" text immediately disappears from its location. "Cut" files typically change color to indicate that they will be moved.
4. Conceptually, the text has now moved to a location often called the clipboard. The clipboard typically remains invisible. On most systems only one clipboard location exists, hence another cut or copy operation overwrites the previously stored information. Many UNIX text-editors provide multiple clipboard entries, as do some Macintosh programs such as Clipboard Master, and Windows clipboard-manager programs such as the one in Microsoft Office.
5. The user selects a location for insertion by some method, typically by clicking at the desired insertion point.
6. A paste operation takes place which visibly inserts the clipboard text at the insertion point. (The paste operation does not typically destroy the clipboard text: it remains available in the clipboard and the user can insert additional copies at other points)."

Now, we do not intend to "cut" anything, while it is also okay (no worries if you accidentally clicked or touched that option) but let's forget that for a while. We will copy! And to copy something, the approach is just about the same. Indeed, we are only going to copy the data, some text, the web address in this case:

"The term "copy-and-paste" refers to the popular, simple method of reproducing text or other data from a source to a destination. It differs from cut and paste in that the original source text or data does not get deleted or removed. The popularity of this method stems from its simplicity and the ease with which users can move data between various applications visually – without resorting to permanent storage.

Once one has copied data into the clipboard, one may paste the contents of the clipboard into a destination document."

Such as the address bar. Or a chat programs text box or some text input field. The thing where your text goes! Where you smiley icons go!

"In human–computer interaction and user interface design, cut, copy, and paste are related commands that offer an interprocess communication technique for transferring data through a computer's user interface. The cut command removes the selected data from its original position, while the copy command creates a duplicate; in both cases the selected data is kept in temporary storage (the clipboard). The data from the clipboard is later inserted wherever a paste command is issued. The data remains available to any application supporting the feature, thus allowing easy data transfer between applications." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut,_copy,_and_paste

So, therefore, we are going to highlight the text, which is this web address: https://www.richardkramen.com (no, no. not here, you silly! in the address bar thingy!) - and copy and paste it. We are going to:


Thank you for reading. Any questions? Yes?

Q: - Why isn't there a share button instead? What is all of this?
A: Cause we do not need one. Not you, not me. Thank you.

Q: - But ...
A: If you were physically near my person, I would slap you. Please be reasonable.

Here are some further terms and topics to read about:


Human Rights




Free software

Non-free software