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April 28th Release: Address Book Integration and Redesigned More Menu

Even in a world of Facebook & MySpace, one of the most prominent ways that people like to share is via e-mail. People love to e-mail things to their friends but one thing that’s a pain is remembering your friends’ e-mail addresses.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that that we’ve integrated Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo e-mail systems right into the AddThis menu. I realize that we took a little bit long on getting this out but we wanted to make sure that we did this right. Our goal is to always maintain our high level of performance with any new features we roll out.

Here’s a screenshot:

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When sending an e-mail, there is an option to use your address book. Click “Use Your Address Book”, select your e-mail provider, put in your credentials, and you’ll be presented with your address book. Just select the name and e-mail address of the person you want to share with and they’ll get put in the To: field of the e-mail.

A few things to note… We noticed this morning after we launched that the address book names aren’t in alphabetical order. We’ll be fixing this. In addition, address book integration for right now is only available in English. We’ll be folding in the rest of our localizations very soon.

As part of this release, we also launched a bit of a redesign of the “more menu.” This is the menu that comes up when you click the more option on the menu of default options you just get from hovering over the AddThis button. The list of sharing destinations was getting REALLY long and we wanted to set it up in a way that it would scale as we add more destinations in the future. We’ve also added a search box at the top, so you can even more quickly parse through the big list.

Here’s a screenshot:

more-menu

Lastly, after a user has shared an e-mail using AddThis and if they use Firefox, they’ll be presented with a promotion for our AddThis plug-in for Firefox. We have found that users who use the plug-in are the power sharers. They share more often than anyone. By encouraging users to install the plug-in, we’re helping them make the sharing power of AddThis even more accessible to them than ever before. The user won’t have to go looking for the button on your page if they want to share your content. They can just share.

Here’s what that looks like:

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As always, if you have any comments, thoughts, or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We LOVE talking to our users. Drop a comment on this blog post, start a discussion topic in our forum, or even e-mail me directly – justin@addthis.com.

Thanks and keep sharing!

  • Justin, will these nice enhancements appear automatically, or do we need to chnage the code on our sites?

    S.

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  • Michael

    I just added Addthis for firefox and when I try to use my address book it is limited only to gmail, yahoo, and hotmail. I use aol email. How can my aol address book be added to this addon. Otherwise, it defends the purpose of having it.

  • Michael, thanks for the e-mail. We really appreciate the feedback. Will make sure that this is on the roadmap for the future.

  • Skyper, all of these changes should appear automatically. Let me know if something else happens.

  • Henrik

    You really need to make sure all elements in addthis is css controlled regarding height, width etc. The new more-menu looks really messy on my site, and I’d say it’s due to the site’s main css. See for yourself: http://bit.ly/dciy9

  • These changes are definitely value adds. I’m happy to stay tuned for the updates and information. You guys rock!

  • DougH

    A recent email (yahoo) I sent May 5@8:45pmEST, to an individual, and coinciding with dates of your comments herein regarding, had a line item of;

    From: email@addthis.com [mailto:email@addthis.com]
    Subject: Link shared by **********@yahoo.com

    Is this a byproduct of your efforts in collaboration with yahoo, hotmail, and gmail?
    Am I sharing my email, as I interpret this, with an alternate site or email address?

  • @DougH, our e-mail integration has always had, “Subject: Link shared by **********@yahoo.com.” The recent addition of Address Book integration just means that you can see the e-mail address books of those different systems instead of having to remember or copy and paste the e-mail addresses from someone else.

    cheers,
    -justin

  • Great update but doesn’t seem to work with Gmail and Yahoo mail. It just hangs for me when i try

  • I meant hotmail and gmail. Yahoo mail works fine

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  • I just added Addthis for firefox and when I try to use my address book it is limited only to gmail, yahoo, and hotmail. I use aol email. How can my aol address book be added to this addon. Otherwise, it defends the purpose of having it.These changes are definitely value adds. I’m happy to stay tuned for the updates and information. You guys rock!

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  • Andrei

    Hello

    I just added this feature to my website, and I get a SIGN IN FAILED when trying to log in to Yahoo or Gmail using the USE ADDRESS BOOK.
    Is there an option to make the USE ADDRESS BOOK window open when the Email a friend pop up opens?