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Problems with Sharing to Twitter

11:18am EST – We have deployed a fix.  Sharing to Twitter should be working fine again.  Let us know if you’re finding any issues.

9:20am EST – Good morning, we’re getting reports from users that they are having problems with sharing to Twitter. Our team is investigating. We’ll report back soon with more information.

CS Motor Club Featured in the Washington Post

(Originally posted on the Clearspring blog.)

Clearspring’s CS Motor Club crew was featured in today’s Washington Post in an article about unconventional recruitment techniques. A handful of Clearspring team members with a love of cars started the Motor Club as a side hobby. They have since purchased a $500 car, or hooptie, and plan to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons race this summer.

There has been talk of other CS clubs starting up but so far nothing has materialized to rival the so-far impressive results of the motor gang.

Of course, we are hiring and it may take some fresh team members to grab the reigns and get something going. So make sure to check out our job openings and send in your application. You could be the next founder of CS Knitting Club or CS Bowling Club!

 

JS/Agent.agx Virus False Alarm

We wanted to let you know that Avira, an antivirus software provider, has erroneously flagged one of the AddThis assets as containing a virus in a recent definition update. This may cause various antivirus products that rely on these definitions to report a virus originating from the AddThis assets. Specifically, the warning will refer to JS/Agent.agx

This is a FALSE POSITIVE from Avira, who have acknowledged that this is an incorrect update and a false alarm, and is fixed in VDF version 7.11.05.197.

You can read more about the issue on Avira’s support forum.  Rest assured that there is absolutely no virus being distributed through the AddThis toolset.

 

A Strike Worth Sharing

After our awesome Q1 meeting, our entire team (east coast, west coast and everything between) went bowling. Here are some of the highlights of our evening. Thanks to everyone who could make it out. It was a fun way to start a great year.

Transporting the team to the bowling alley.

Peggy explains the rules of the tournament to the teams.

Mike clears his mind, and prepares to throw a turkey (3 consecutive strikes).

Robert throws a strike of his own, executed with immaculate form and surgical precision.

Will provides real-time color commentary and analysis.

Aaron suffers the endless shame of a missed spare.

The finals were won by a microscopic margin—an epic victory.

The undisputed 2011 bowling champions. They are proud, humble, team players.

Check out the rest of the gallery. ^_^

Afternoon Snack

Recently, Stephen picked up a popcorn machine. Folks, this is the real deal—pure crunchy buttery goodness. I’m not sure what compelled him to get it, but I give him credit for having great taste. This popcorn is way better than the microwaved stuff. I had no idea what I was missing.

Stephen is the gentleman operating the popcorn kiosk above.

Say hello to Rich and Justin. They are popcorn connoisseurs.

Mmmmm… tasty. I think it’s time for round 2.

AddThis Twitter Account Has Presidential-Level Authority

AddThis has been ranked as the #3 Twitter profile in a list of the Top 25 Most Influential Twitter profiles by page authority in an article by SEOmoz! We are third place only behind Barack Obama and Mashable.

We also rank fourth overall when factoring in individual Twitter accounts, being beat by notorious tweeter Ashton Kutcher. But we still out-rank the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, tangledKanye West and Conan O’Brien.

Some other big name tech services on the list are Twitter, Google, YouTube and TechCrunch, just to name a few. We’d say that’s pretty good company!

Thanks so much to our community and all our wonderful followers, as well as SEOmoz for the awesome article!

How We Celebrate Birthdays at Clearspring

(Originally posted on the Clearspring blog.)

Clearspring (company behind AddThis) is really one big gigantic family. While we spend most of the day with headphones on and heads down working on AddThis and the Audience Platform, we like to have a lot of fun too.

The fun has recently manifested itself in how we celebrate birthdays…

For our Senior Engineer Charlie Reverte‘s birthday, his desk was transformed into his very own magical kingdom, which included his own balloon cape and crown.

For our SVP of Social Products Will Meyer‘s birthday, we built him his very own private office (aka big sheets of plastic around his desk in the pit.)

So… what should we do for the next birthday? We’re open to suggestions.

Wanna join in the fun? Join the team.

Share the Country Strong Challenge with AddThis

When working to produce content for the Web, you always have to remember the rule “content is king.” If you want users to get excited by the content and share it with their friends, you have to produce something those users will find exciting.

As we’ve talked about before, contests are one way to garner excitement with your users on the Web. A good example is CMT’s Country Strong Singing Challenge. Contestants compete to win the Grand Prize of a trip for two to Nashville, an opportunity to meet a Sony Nashville music executive, a visit to the set of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown show and the possibility to perform on CMT.

Due to the exciting nature of this contest, users who are fans of country music, the movie Country Strong, or CMT and who want to be seen as “in the know” will share this with their friends.

What are other examples of content that you’ve seen users naturally gravitate towards sharing?

My First Day at Clearspring

Hello! My name is Kori Hill and today is my first day as a Community Manager at Clearspring.

So far everyone has been very welcoming, but of course, a special shout out to Justin Thorp, my community manager mentor! He’s been awesome and I’m highly impressed by how well he’s managed such a big and important job by himself for so long! I only hope to continue on with the excellent example he has set.

I have spent most of my day getting up to speed on the awesome AddThis platform and learning all the various ways we reach out to customers to make sure you are getting the best experience possible! Even though I’ve been using social media tools for years now, every day it still amazes me the power they have and the channels they open for getting in touch with the people who matter.

Speaking of the people who matter, I very much look forward to interacting with all of you — whether it be on the blog, in the forums or some shout outs on Twitter. (follow me: twitter.com/korihill)

Please feel free to ask me any questions you like! I’m always available here – kori@clearspring.com

Cheers!

Kori

Site Maintenance Tomorrow Morning

All,

We will be performing routine maintenance to the site tomorrow morning, 08/31/2010 @ 4:00am EST. The maintenance is expected to last about two hours. During this period, there will be no access to the Forum nor will modifications to email templates be available.

Please note that this maintenance will in no way affect sharing, analytics or overall button performance.

As always, thank you for using AddThis.

The AddThis Team