Facebook Share Changes and Your AddThis Implementation

Since Mashable reported that Facebook is officially moving away from “Share” and consistently using the “Like” buttons and language, there have been questions about what this means for current implementations of AddThis, as well as the Like code we offer. Here’s the quick rundown:

If you are using any version of our share menus, the Facebook option will stay the same, there is no code change necessary.

If you are using Facebook Like, it’s not required that you make any changes but we highly recommend optimizing the code to take advantage of the new functionality, which allows you to show a more robust preview of the content in the Facebook newsfeed. Previously a “like” had only a small line of real estate in a user’s newsfeed, but now it will act like a share, allowing you to display not only the article title, but its description, any images it contains and even flash video.

Displaying more information about your share is done through meta tags which are listed on our site (and also defined in Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol). Here is a list of options, based on what type of content you are sharing and what information you’d like to display. At the very least, we recommend using the title and description tags, and of course, add the others where necessary:

<meta property=“og:title” content=“AddThis Tour” />
<meta property=“og:description” content=“Watch the AddThis Tour video.” />
<meta property=“og:image” content=“http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/1F7DKyFt5pY/default.jpg” />
<meta property=“og:video” content=“http://www.youtube.com/v/1F7DKyFt5pY&fs=1″ />
<meta property=“og:video:width” content=“560″ />
<meta property=“og:video:height” content=“340″ />
<meta property=“og:video:type” content=“application/x-shockwave-flash” />

If you have any questions or opinions on the Facebook Like feature, please feel free to post in the comments or email us!

To get the Facebook Like button for your site, grab the code here.

  • omotayo

    How does this affect me?

  • http://www.avaturka.tumblr.com AVA

    yep! it is working :))

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Omotayo, as we mentioned in the post, there’s nothing that you need to do. Just recommend that you put the Facebook Open Graph tags on your page.

  • http://www.HappinessEvangelist.com Daniel Doherty

    Sorry silly questions

    Do we add this code into the HTML addthis code that creates the sharing button itself or as say a footer code on the site?

    Second question

    Can I use a addthis sharing button but have it so if someone hit’s like button they become a fan of my facebook fan page?

    So a facebook like button http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like/ but with all the other social networks sharing options too?

    Keep thinking this would be great :)

    Thanks Addthis

  • http://justmyvisions.blogspot.com purpleflower

    i use share button
    do i have to use like button as well?

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Daniel, not sure I understand your first question. On the second question, the like button that we provide will allow someone to like the article. You’ll need a different one to like a “fan page.”

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Purpleflower – you don’t have to use the like button as well.

  • Matt H.

    Do you have rights to use Facebook logo?
    A’m I violating rules using this?
    http://www.facebook.com/brandpermissions/logos.php

  • http://jesugulstue.blogspot.com/ Jette

    I added the “like” button as well as “twitter” and “share”. My problem is, that since I live in Denmark, the “like” button translates into “synes godt om”. Much more text than the English version, and part of the button is hidden behind the “twitter” button! How do I change the code, so the “like” button stays in English and doesn’t translate into Danish? I use Blogger…

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Matt, it’s perfectly okay for you to use the Facebook logo through to facilitate sharing of article to Facebook.

  • http://www.inholland.nl Maresha

    When i click on the Facebook-icon a new window opens and instead of displaying the content it says ‘No title’. Could somebody explain this? Because it doesn’t seem right. I have the same problem with the newsmessages on my website. When i try to share them via AddThis Facebook. The other buttons (LinkedIn, Hyves) are working perfectly. Only the Facebookbutton fails. Also on other newswebsites this problem occurs.

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Maresha, this is related to a problem described here. – http://www.addthis.com/blog/2011/03/09/problem-with-sharing-to-facebook/

  • http://www.foe.co.uk ChrisJ

    Using AddThis’s Like provision, I’ve not been able to get the Comment box to pop-up after the user clicks the Like as the Facebook implementations do. I think this is a really important part of the new Like functionality to replace Share and I was wondering if this is possible with AddThis’s code or something that’s being worked on?

  • http://jesugulstue.blogspot.com/ Jette

    I’m not really sure how – I didn’t do anything for sure – but the problem is fixed now!

  • http://jesugulstue.blogspot.com/ Jette

    And now I’m back again. The button is fixed now, so the Danish words isn’t hidden, but I would still really like to know, how I can change the code, so the “like” button stays in English and doesn’t translate into Danish? Help help…

  • http://jesugulstue.blogspot.com/ Jette

    The “like” button is still hidden behind the “twitter” button in the way, that the number of “likes” isn’t visible. Sorry for the impossible long danish translation of “like”!
    Is it possible to add only the facebook “like” button and not the “twitter” and “share”? Cause that would probably solve that problem…

  • expertio

    Any change needed in this change?
    Documentation?

  • http://www.clearspring.com Justin Thorp

    @Expertio, there’s nothing that you need to change.

  • Muhammad Atiq

    I want to share my trade information on my facebook and Twitter Wall and i use the addthis.com website. so any one have any working example in php.

    Regards
    M Atiq Software engineer

  • http://funnyvoicemailgreetings.net/ Thomas Dolce

    Thanks for posting the code to this going to try this out on my site.