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Transition from a Pop-up to a Lightbox for the More Menu & E-mail

Screenshot of AddThis Lightbox: Destinations

Screenshot of AddThis Lightbox: E-mail

Traditionally, when a user clicks on “more” within the AddThis hover menu, it would cause a window to pop-up with all the other potential destinations that you could share to. Well, we’re moving away from the pop-up “more” menu. For all new implementations of AddThis, it will have a lightbox for the “more” menu. We’ve also implemented this for the e-mail option.  (See screenshots.)

This has some pretty big benefits. It prevents AddThis functionality from getting stopped by pop-up blockers plus it looks a whole lot sexier.

We’d love to hear your feedback on this change. Drop me an e-mail –

  • Will I have to generate new HTML for this or will the transition work with the existing ‘’ code?

  • Cant wait for that to be rolled out.
    I have a website that has a interesting science fiction art and scifi sculpture gallery, and it uses the ‘lightbox’ effect a lot for the artwork. This will make the addThis functionality a lot more up-to-date looking, after all my art gallery is all about sci-fi and the fuiture. :o)

    Will we have to change our code, or will it just startt working? Also a module for the joomla CMS would be good . Keep up the good work!

  • Robert

    Looks good, I have upgraded. Please though, keep the number of social sites low. Less is best because many of those sites do not get used and I don’t want users have to scroll within the lightbox. In fact please prune some of those sites. :D

  • Can this be implemented in existing accounts?

  • Any idea when the WordPress plug-in will be updated?

  • I like the lightbox, but you lose the customization that the popup gave. Will that be put back in?

  • All: We’re still working on the plan/process for how this will be implemented/updated across existing accounts.

    @mpmchugh: This is something we’re actively working on and hope to have out soon.

    @Hey You: We’ve depricated the ability to put your logo in the popup but we’re working on new customization options:

  • Love the idea, where can we upgrade?

  • Hi Justin,

    This looks like a great improvement, we’ll get the code updated on to reflect the change. By the way, initial response from our users has been quite favorable.

    Keep up the good work.



  • Joe

    Is there a way to have the lightbox appear on mouse click without have the onmouseover or onmouseout function calls? I just want a button that only reacts to a mouseclick with the lightbox opening.

  • wicked tool! Wicked site. ill be sure to let my subscribers know :)

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  • WordPress 2.7 gives me this error with the 1.5.3 version of the plugin:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or ‘}’ in /home/georg35/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/addthis/addthis_social_widget.php on line 40

  • Hannah

    I think it’s a great change!

  • As you can see, I have a (not .org) blog. For some reason my “Add This” button requires a click to see the options. How can I make it show just a couple of the options as a “roll over,” as the samples all do on your site? Thanks for your time.

  • carrie k

    Looks pretty, but sadly it looks like you can’t tab through the options, making this inaccessible.

  • @Christy Unfortunately, blogs don’t allow javascript, which is what’s in the roll over. I feel ya though. I’m in the same boat. I have a blog (

  • SEO

    AddThis, I really like the new lightbox effect, keep up the good work. Do you have a joomla plugin with this feature yet?

  • @SEO – We do have a Joomla Plug-in. –

  • Is it for Joomla ass well…Oh…thanks Justin

  • I don’t usually comment on posts, but wanted to take a minute and say WOW! Great informaiton! Saved to my fav for future reference! Thanks so much!

  • Hey Justin,

    Im using the toolbar and beside the hot design it really does a fantastic job in preventing its functionality from getting stopped by pop ups