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New Features – More Customization of the Button

Well, it’s 2008. Hope you all got a chance to try the new features we added last month to your analytics interface. We already received some great feedback.

We’ve been busy preparing to move to our new platform. This new platform will enable AddThis to scale more easily and provide additional powerful capabilities to the service. We have now reached the milestone of 100 Million buttons served per day, so it was time to move again. The move will happen next week, the transition will be completely transparent.

We have also been busy coding new features for the button (widget). Many of you have asked us for more ways to customize the button, as well as for an email function. We listened…so here are the latest enhancements. Thank for your continuous feedback!

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Button customization – You now have full control over the customization of the the button image, text, and style. We essentially moved the button image and link outside of the javascript, so you can now change the image, text, or style of the button as much as you want, and very easily.

Service options customization – You can now customize the list of service options that appear in the dropdown (e.g. Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, etc). You can even remove the “More” choice completely, if you only want to provide access to the most popular services.

Dropdown positioning – We also added the ability to re-position the dropdown vertically or horizontally, if needed.

Email a Friend – We have added a new service option: Email. So when selecting your options for the dropdown, you can now include the keyword ’email’. When the user clicks on ‘Email’, the dropdown will transform itself into a tiny form to send an email notification to a friend.


>> Here is the documentation for the new features <<

Happy Customizing!

AddThis WordPress Plugin (drop-down version)

Hot! Hot! We’ve got it! We now also have a WordPress Plugin for the new drop-down version of the widget. This Plugin will automatically insert the AddThis widget below each post in your blog (see it below this post). It’s very easy to install, you don’t even need to change anything in your templates. Here are the instructions:
1) Download it on your computer, and unzip it
2) Upload it into your wp-content/plugins directory
3) Log into your WordPress blog, click on the ‘Plugins’ tab, and click ‘Activate’

Like the other plugin, this Plugin also supports Stats. If you want to get bookmarking statistics (e.g. top bookmarked posts over various time periods), open the .php file and set the ‘addthis_username’ variable to, well, your AddThis username.

Edit (2008-12-23):

We updated our plugin. You can download the new and improved version here:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/addthis/

New Feature: Top Destination Services

We have just added a new feature to AddThis, it’s a graph in your stats section that will show you where your users bookmark your pages (e.g. Del.icio.us, Digg, Google, etc), or subscribe to your feeds (e.g. Bloglines, Google Reader, etc). Many of you have asked for this feature, so we went ahead and added it. Here is an example of what it looks like.

Top Bookmark Services
Now, to make sure you don’t all jump into your account and check this new feature at the same time and bring our servers down, we are using an invitation-only model. To use the feature you will first need to unlock it (the first time only). The code to unlock the feature is : addthis-stats

So go ahead and unlock that feature. If you like it, feel free to invite your visitors by posting the access code on your website or blog, so they can also benefit from those cool stats.

Related to this feature, we have also added a new section on the AddThis website: AddThis Trends. This section shows the exact same statistics descibed above, but aggregated over all the AddThis accounts. We also included a very interesting graph that shows the popularity evolution for the top bookmarking services month-by-month (see below).

Top Bookmark Services (over time)

Social bookmarking is evolving very fast. The graph shows that Favorites is falling in popularity while social bookmarking services continue to grow. Favorites here means local bookmarking (for any browser). Another interesting thing we are noticing is that the smaller bookmarking services together represent a very large portion of the market. So only including Digg and Del.icio.us badges is no longer enough.

Top Bookmark Services (May)

AddThis WordPress Plugin

We now also have a WordPress Plugin. This Plugin will automatically insert the AddThis widget below each post in your blog (see it below this post). It’s very easy to install, you don’t even need to change anything in your templates.Here are the instructions:
1) Download it on your computer, and unzip it
2) Upload it into your wp-content/plugins directory
3) Log into your WordPress blog, click on the ‘Plugins’ tab, and click ‘Activate’

And yes, the Plugin also supports Stats. If you want to get bookmarking statistics (e.g. top bookmarked posts over various time periods), open the .php file and set the ‘addthis_username’ variable to, well, your AddThis username.

Edit (2008-12-23):

We updated our plugin. You can download the new and improved version here:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/addthis/

New: the AddThis Social Button Builder

There are so many combinations of settings when it comes to selecting the AddThis button that is right for you:

– type of button (e.g. bookmarking, feed, etc)
– look and size of the button
– location of the button (e.g. website, blog, newsletter, MySpace, etc),
– type of blogging platform (TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, etc)
– etc

So to make it easier to select your button (or buttons), we’ve created a cool little tool, the AddThis Social Button Builder.

Enjoy!

“Add This!” FeedFlare For FeedBurner Users

If you are using FeedBurner to manage your feed, you can now easily add the “Add This!” FeedFlare to it. This will automatically add an “Add This!” link below each post (see image below).

Here is the URL of the FeedFlare. Copy it and paste it into your FeedBurner->Optimize->FeedFlare->Personal Flare box, and press “Add New Flare”. Then, check the two checkboxes next to the new entry, and hit “Save” at the bottom of the page.

http://www.addthis.com/feedflares/link.xml

And if you have a TypePad blog and you’ve decided to connect it to FeedBurner, the “Add This!” link will also show up in your blog.

Note: You don’t have to have Feedburner to include the “Add This!” link or “Add This!” button into your TypePad blog. You can also do it this way.

Socially yours!

AddThis Del.icio.us-ly Popular

Here is a powerful proof that AddThis simply works. Thanks to our button (and those of you using it, of course), today AddThis was listed on the Del.icio.us Popular page, [update: and the hot list, on main page] sending us a lot of traffic.

To make sure this is not just a coincidence, we looked at our AddThis Statistics tool, and sure enough, we observed a significant increase in the use of our button for bookmarking our website to Del.icio.us within the past 24 hours.

Blog Post Social Bookmarking Buttons

This is way overdue, but we finally found some time to develop them. We now also provide social bookmarking buttons that you can include in all your blog posts. This will make it easy for your readers to quickly bookmark a story from your blog (and promote it to the social bookmarking services). For an example of the buttons, look right below this post.

To get your button, go here. What you need to do is include the code we provide into the template of your blog. When you do that, it will automatically add the AddThis bookmarking button in all your posts (past and future). We support TypePad and MovableType, Blogger, and WordPress. More platforms will also be supported soon.

It’s easy to add the button to Blogger and WordPress. With TypePad it’s a little bit trickier. If you have TypePad and use their ‘Basic Template’, you first need to convert it into an ‘Advanced Template’. If you need help you can always contact TypePad Support; tell them that you want to add the AddThis social bookmarking button at the bottom of your blog posts. They will be able to help you.

On another note, if you haven’t noticed, we also recently added a ‘Demo Area’ to the AddThis website. This area shows some examples of websites and blogs that have included our buttons. Take a look!

Add This is really taking off. Everybody love our buttons. This is very encouraging. By the way, if you find a bug or would like to make suggestions for new features, remember, there is a form for it. We keep hearing great things about our buttons. If you don’t like something about them, please let us know, we want to hear that too. Here is the form again.

Have a great social day!