November 16th, 2007 | View Comments
I stumbled upon ShareThis.com accidently on a blog when I was kind of randomly surfing the web, looking for blog designs. The “ShareThis” button really caught my attention: one click on the button opens a new container with several social bookmarking services where you can add the URL of the current post you view. You can even send the URL via mail or instant messenger – that way, I could get rid of one more plugin (WP-EMail).Up to that point, I was still using the WordPress plugin Social Bookmarks, but I did not quite like the way all icons where shown – it was kind of “too much”.
The way ShareThis handles this is – in my opinion – much more elegant and eye-catching.
As I am using WordPress (surprise!), the question “Looking for ShareThis WordPress plugin?” made me click, download and install the plugin (version 2.0) which was released by Alex King.
Well, what can I say?
There are still some improvements to make on this one, because…
- … the code that is produced by the plugin is not XHMTL valid.
- … the plugin messes with the Slickr Gallery plugin.
- … the button is added everywhere.
By default, the “ShareThis” button is shown everywhere – in posts as well as in excerpts (and I believe in RSS feeds as well). Options are not available to control this behaviour. You manually have to comment out the “add_action” parts in the core plugin file to get rid of this.
As can be seen, I am not that convinced of this plugin by now.
Sorry for this, Alex – but I still like your Popularity Contest plugin very much.
[Update from 2007-11-17]
OK, I managed to include ShareThis into my template without the plugin.
This should work fine now.
[Update from 2007-11-25]
Hmm… the ShareThis plugin does not seem to be the only one messing around with the Slickr Gallery plugin.
[Update from 2008-04-14]
I decided to get rid of the ShareThis button, as I want to minimize embedding external scripts. The Digg-button and “add to del.icio.us” should be sufficient for social bookmarking. It does not make any sense to have 20 different services shown.