Why use it?
So you've got some content. And you've got some users. And those users really like your content – so much so that they'd like to share, or bookmark it. The 'Sharing' widget makes it easy for them. And what about you? What do you get? You get not only happy users, but also access to analytics about what content those users have shared. Good stuff, and oh so easy. Roll over the example above to see all of the choices users will get.
How to use it
First off, you'll need to go to the 'AddThis' site and create an account. Once you've done that, copy the code below, and use your account's 'username' to replace the bolded 'yourusername.' You'll probably want to save the edited code as an include so you can reuse it again and again on any relevant pages. Let's call this include 'sharing.htm' and save it to 'yoursite/inc/sharing.htm'. Now simply call (include) it anywhere you like by editing (just change the bolded path) and pasting the second code snippet below onto your page.
<!-- AddThis Button BEGIN -->
<!-- AddThis Button END -->
<?php include('/web/yoursite/inc/sharing.htm'); ?>
You can use this 'Sharing' include anywhere in the 'Main Content Area' of your pages – but it makes most sense to place it in close proximity to the content that users are wanting to share. See this University Relations news release as an example. And as usual – don't make changes that compromise the designed function or appearance of the widgets. They should look, and behave, the same way no matter where they appear. Changes to font sizes, link colors, and/or other elements cause uncertainty for users, and compromise the visual and functional design that is part of the UNO brand. So please, use the widgets only as they are designed, and only for their intended uses.
Content last modified: April 20, 2011, 12:09pm