Category Archives: What’s New

Optimize Your Smart Layers with Open Graph

Once you’ve added the Smart Layers code to your page, there are a couple things you should know so you can optimize how the What’s Next and Recommended Content layers display on your site. Smart Layers uses Open Graph meta tags to determine how to display links to your pages, and to specify which content is shared from your page.

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Using AddThis Smart Layers

Yesterday AddThis CEO Ramsey McGrory introduced Smart Layers, an easier way to get more traffic and followers with one piece of code. In this post I’ll go into a little more detail about how to get Smart Layers, what to need to do if you already use AddThis tools (hint: nothing!) and some simple ways to customize Smart Layers for your site or blog.

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AddThis Smart Layers: Personalizing the Web

Today, we’re democratizing awesomeness with the next generation of web tools. AddThis Smart Layers includes Share, Follow, Recommended Content and What’s Next tools all in one line of code. We’re bringing data and responsive technology together for publishers of all sizes in ways that have generally only been available to resource-heavy companies like Yahoo! or Amazon.

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Learning about cognitive science at the NoVA UX meetup

For our February NoVA UX meetup, John Whalen (PhD Cognitive Science Johns Hopkins and Founder, Brilliant Experience consultancy) shared his insights and experience about cognitive science with the group. Using videos and interactive examples, he shared learnings about how we perceive, remember, and make decisions, and how those concepts can be applied to user experience design. Continue reading

Introducing Individual Share Counts

Today, we’re happy to offer new buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Delicious, VK, Linkedin, and Odnoklassniki, with individual share counts.

These new surfaces demonstrate the popularity of your content on the top social networks.  We retrieve share counts directly from each service’s API; data is cached and loaded asynchronously for optimal page load performance. Continue reading