Google Chrome 19 landed yesterday, bringing with it Web Intents, a new method for web sites/apps to communicate with one another. We wrote about Web Intents earlier this month, but now that it’s here we are making good on our promise and rolling out a suite of AddThis features to help publishers and users take advantage of Web Intents right off the bat:
Web Intents Support
Want to add Web Intent support to your site? If you use AddThis, you already have. Just drop this line into your addthis_toolbox:
Web Intents users will be able to share your page through their favorite intent handler just like any other service.
Intents support for non-Chrome users
Web Intents are great for Chrome users, but what about the other two-thirds of visitors? AddThis provides another one-liner to make web intents work no matter what. Set:
addthis_config.webintents = true;
and AddThis will handle Intent events in the absence of native support. Implement Web Intents however you like—in the AddThis toolbox or not—and rest assured that your visitors will have access to their preferred service.
The AddThis Intent Handler
For those of you testing out your brand-spanking-new Chrome installs, remember that not all of your favorite services have an intent handler in the Chrome Web Store yet. Not to worry—AddThis does! Install it as you would a normal Chrome extension and give it a spin on a demo intent.
Watch this Space
As Web Intents grows, so will our support for it. Meanwhile, we’re developing tools to enable OExchange providers to handle Web Intents and integrating intent handling into our browser extensions.
Web Intents is a new tool in your sharing arsenal, and AddThis is thrilled to support it! Your feedback on our Web Intents support is invaluable, both now and in the coming months as your implementation of intents evolves alongside Web Intents itself.