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Addthis replaced with ShareThis

Update 02/05: I am in the process of *lightening* up the page. So removed the sharethis javascript popup. The sharing button now opens a new window, the sharing feature is updated to use addtoany.com (click the share button, its very simple api, just pass two params to a url). I realised the features given below even though are nice-to-have, dont *actually* add that much for this blog with small audience.

I changed the sharing articles snippet from AddThis to ShareThis. Of all the things, I hate about Addthis, It bloats your page with a bunch of generated script tags if you have multiple shared snippets. Like lets say if you add the gadget code into each post. The home page of the blog will have multiple script tags that are calling the same addthis.js. This will slow down the rendering of the page. And then, because, AddThis pretty much stopped updating? The dashboard is just so pale.

It has also been in webware sometime back, boasting to be the next digg. I am not sure about that, but here are the things I found.
  • It is pretty neat. No multiple generated script tags hitting more js calls.
  • Dynamic interface, fetches digg count et al.
  • Has its own first level social network, All shared items go into users own MyShareBox they can share from there too.
  • Good reporting.
  • Highly Customisible. Promising API. Very sparsely documented (read "badly")
  • Good community (forum).. not that addthis doesnot have one, but I found this better.

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