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Share @#$%!

In my quest to learn about  The Knot situation, I decided to first investigate the site that made it possible: Add This. Many such offerings exist; two other popular ones being Add to Any and Share This.

I was hoping to implement the option that suits my requirements for being helpful, but not overwhelmingly so:homepage_bnr

  • an email option
  • icon limits to prevent panic
  • allows readers to stay on my blog

I tried them all. And none had it all, so I turned this investigation into a competition. Whichever responded to my email and forum inquiries first would win not only my use, but my official endorsement. And this competition was not in my head only—I made it clear that my patronage hung in limbo.

The conclusion? You can’t always get what you want:

Christy,

Because our button is javascript based, only wordpress.com users with a premium account will be able to implement it on their site. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thanks for giving us a try.

ShareThis Support

Broader conclusion #2: When an institution isn’t making money the notion of losing to the competition does not matter.

Would any Blog Spot bloggers be interested in trying this on your platform?

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Seriously? Seriously.

I was performing maid of honor duties last week. I intended to email an article to my bride-to-be sister, so I clicked on “Bookmark & Share,” which yielded this:

The Knot

Did my sister get the article? Yeah right. This myriad of sharing options set me way off track (aka Facebook). (It also gave me the idea for this blog. You see, I plan to explore some of these little items over the course of the semester to figure out what audiences use which ones to share what kind of info and how and why? So stay tuned. But I digress…)

It seems this website is trying so hard to be all-inclusive in their options that their efforts might cannibalize each other. The Knot might do better after research to determine which, say, 5 or 10 of these are most common amongst its visitors. Or, at least they could differentiate between “share” (1 to 1, or even perhaps 1 to many) and “bookmark” (save) in their clickable offerings.

Then again, maybe there isn’t such a thing as too many options when it comes to helping audiences spread online buzz. Still, the variety amazes me. Crazy.

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