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MAVEN: NASA’s Upcoming Mission to Mars

We’re so excited about AddThis user, NASA, launching on another endeavor into space! Next Monday, NASA will launch a probe to Mars. It’s called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN probe, or MAVEN, and it’s designed to study the upper atmosphere of Mars and how it interacts with solar wind. Though it might not make sense at first, this information is very important for knowing more about the history of Mars and it’s past potential for habitability.

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URL Cut & Paste: A Big Part of Content Engagement You Might Be Missing

Did you know address bar sharing—that is cutting and pasting an URL rather than sharing the page by clicking a share button—is by far one of the most common ways people share websites? In case you haven’t thought of that, we want you to know you could be missing out on a big part of understanding how visitors engage with your content.

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An Intro to Meta Tags & How They Work with Smart Layers

Several prominent services use meta tags to enhance the experience for their users by showing rich content, such as images and descriptions, alongside the title and URL of your page. These tags let you control how your site is branded across social networks and help drive engagement. Once you add them your users will get a much richer experience and it will drive more people to your site.

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A Brief History of Using AddThis Dynamically

AddThis provides several ways of making our code work on dynamic websites. Here’s a quick rundown for the JavaScript savvy audience out there.

Asynchronous Loading

Asynchronous loading allows you to put our bootloader script–addthiswidget.js–on your page without loading the other assets until you’re ready. To use it, just add the #async=1 flag to the addthiswidget.js URL and then call addthis.init() in a JavaScript function when you’re ready. That will load the assets, and render the AddThis tools. Continue reading

Facebook Like Counters, AddThis, & You

On Monday, around 1PM Pacific Time, Facebook had an issue with their comments and the counter for their Facebook Like button that made it appear for many people–including TechCrunch–that they had lost all their Facebook Likes.

Unfortunately, this was out of our hands since the problem happened on Facebook’s end. But I thought this would be a good time to explain how counter values work, and where those values are stored. Continue reading