6 Things that Recently Inspired Our UX/Design Team

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Our UX team recently started a new tradition. Every Thursday for half an hour, we host “Lightning Rounds” where we share cool softwares, apps, or anything new that we’re into—whether or not it’s related to design. It gives us a chance to show what we’re passionate about, both related to work and in our personal lives. Check out some of the cool apps discovered this past month. Continue reading

Whether Stores Are Open or Closed on Thanksgiving, Everyone Loves a Good Sale

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The issue of whether stores should or shouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving has been an increasingly popular topic around the holiday. So much so, groups have formed to support stores that close to let their employees spend time with their families or just enjoy a nice day off. Either way, the data shows that most Americans are more passionate about the sales stores—open or closed on Thanksgiving—will have on Black Friday. Continue reading

Top Thanksgiving Recipes, Crafts, and Events Shared Online

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Most everyone’s busy getting ready for hosting (or attending) a Thanksgiving dinner, and as always, they’re using the Web to find and share ideas. From November 1st through 13th, we saw tons of people printing online content, and as expected, sharing pie recipes. Two secret ingredients to their virality: they are all printer-friendly and have share buttons. Read on to see what those delicious recipes are! Continue reading

4 Tips to Track Social Media Better Using AddThis

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After you’ve set up your social media strategy to align with your business goals, and pulled together either paid or free social monitoring services, you’ve got one more habit to get into: tracking. From one fellow community manager to another, you know how important it is to know how one tweet performed versus another, or if one blog post rocked on one social network over another. This can only happen by having the right tracking in place. Continue reading

Social Media in the Classroom: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

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It used to be that those in charge of the education system balked at the idea that social media would ever cross over into the classroom. Facebook and MySpace were considered a distraction, and at one point, teachers were asked not to friend their students and to keep any kind of online communication to a minimum. But then the rise of online education began and people started to see the opportunity to engage with their students on terms they understood. Here are some ways schools are tapping into online resources to help teachers and administrators communicate with their students and parents more effectively. Continue reading

Scaling the Single Page Application with React.js and Flux

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Here at AddThis, we just completed a rewrite of our dashboard using Facebook’s React.js framework and the Flux application architecture. Managing a large Javascript application as its complexity, number of users, and number of developers grows is something that we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about during this process. In this post I’ll attempt to distill down some of the lessons we learned along the way and how React.js and Flux can help to address them. Continue reading

5 Ways to Make Your Donation Pages Better for Year-End Giving

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We’re almost in the middle of November, which means you’re in the middle of your year-end giving campaign. You might be thinking, “It’s a little too late for a site overhaul!” And you’re right, but it’s never too late to tweak your site if it means you’ll possibly get more donations before the 2014 year ends. I promise these tips are easy tweaks to help get you more donations. Continue reading