Taking AddThis for a spin

addthis At the end of this post, you’ll notice a little image saying ‘share.’ If you move your mouse over it, it will expand and display the logos of a few place that you see here where you can share the link.

The service to enable this is called AddThis and I’m using it instead of ShareThis which regular visitors will have seen adorning blog posts here during much of 2008.

Why the change? Well, I have nothing bad to say about ShareThis since I started using it, so it’s not due to a negative experience that I’m making this change.

It’s more to do with seeing how another service – one that more people have told me about that told me about ShareThis – actually works and whether people will find it more helpful in sharing content they find useful.

To see for yourself how AddThis works, check out the video tour.

I’ve had the AddThis plugin for WordPress running for the past few days. Apart from making it very easy to enable the functionality (ShareThis also has an equally-easy WordPress plugin), it also means I can track usage in a stats module on the AddThis website (ShareThis ditto).

One thing I wish it would do, which it doesn’t, is give me a settings option on my blog to show the widget on posts only and not pages (ShareThis lets me do that). Even better – let me selectively choose specific pages to either include or exclude.

Still, I like its simplicity. But very early days yet to say whether AddThis will be a permanent fixture.

Do you use AddThis on your site? Do you use it to share links to content you encounter around the web? What do you think of it?

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Rob Safuto

    I current use both tools. I’ve gravitated towards ShareThis on my WordPress sites and AddThis on my Drupal based sites. I like the low profile of AddThis. I also like the fact that they offer a feed subscription button as well.

  2. Niall

    I would love to see some stats about these sorts of gizmos to see how many people actually use them. My guess is not that many as people who know the services will bookmark using their own tools and others will not even know some of the tools. I might be wrong though and it is essential to have them I guess just in case :)

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