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!

Moving to Bigger, Better, and Faster Servers

We certainly hope you all had a great holiday.

The traffic on AddThis is continuing to grow very fast – we are now serving about 750,000 buttons per day, or over 8 per second – so we’ve decided to finally move to bigger, better, and faster servers.

The move will happen over the weekend. Disruption should be minimal.

Santa Bringing ‘AddThis Widget’ to Readers of Popular ‘Read/Write Web’ Blog

Popular blog Read/Write Web just offered 5 widgets to its readers for Christmas. Guess who is on the list? Yep, the AddThis widget. Here is the list, from the original post:

Top 5 widgets every blogger must haveTracy Pizzo, the Director of Business Development at Widget box, emailed us a handpicked list of the top 5 must-have widgets for every blogger. This list was compiled based on popularity on Widget box, as well as ease of use and user appeal. The top 5 are:

Thank you Alex and Tracy, for mentioning us to Santa! ;-)

AddThis.com Serving 500,000+ Buttons Daily, Only 3 Months after Launch at DEMO

Less than 3 months after our launch at DEMOfall 2006, AddThis.com is already serving over 500,000 buttons each day (or over 20 millions to-date).

It’s probably time to upgrade our servers…! But we are just warming up. We think we’ll probably reach 1 Million in January.

So, thank you, to all of you for using AddThis. Please continue to spread the word.

We wish you a happy holiday season and a very social year 2007!

“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!