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Not a fan of Digg? Wish you could give visitors more options to share your thoughts without registering with each community run news service? Looking for a simple tool that let's you know what your site visitors are recommending to their friends? Well then I've got the tool for you, ShareThis!

ShareThis is a web widget from Nextumi, Inc. that allows one's content to be instantly 'shareable' with users of various web services with the minimal amount of work by the site owner. As a bonus the ShareThis widget can provide tracking and reporting information such that one can see what site content is being shared.

For zoomshare users this means being able to let users view, vote and/or share your work with other potential visitors without the need to be a user of each individual web service. So if someone thinks your recent blog posting is Digg worthy, they can submit your posting to Digg, right from within your posting, without you having to provide all the necessary Digg links.

Getting Started
The first step to using ShareThis is to register as a publisher. Once registered the next step is to customize your widget, choosing how visitors can share your content and with whom.

Share This Config
Configuring ShareThis

For example, you can allow visitors to share your content only by email. Or you can limit them to just Facebook and MySpace. One can also choose the basic color scheme for the widget in order to better match one's site template.

Once configured one copies the resulting widget code and pastes it into a free form web page or blog post as desired.

<script type="text/javascript" src=http://w.sharethis.com/widget/?tabs=web%2Cemail&charset=utf-8 &style=rotate&publisher=23441421-9d3a-4d4c-8746-a097a0f4b702 &headerbg=%235c5c5c&inactivebg=%237a7a7a&inactivefg=%23FFFFFF &linkfg=%230000FF></script>

ShareThis code for pdw @ zoomshare

Which results in the following button which visitors can click on to reveal the ShareThis Widget:



Nice right? Well it gets even better. As an assist the good folks at Nextumi have also added some basic reporting features. As such you get not only get an idea of who's visiting your site, but what they are sharing with their friends and what service their friends are using.

ShareThis Config
Reviewing Share This Traffic

Check it out and be sure to share this with your friends, I think you'll all enjoy this little tool as much as I do.

3 Comments

Cool! (and convenient) Thanks for letting us know about this, pdw. The reporting feature looks quite useful.

how did u get that video on ur site?

John, you can find information about Zoomshare Widgets and video here on pdw @ zoomshare as well in the Zoomshare Forums.

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