by Kevin on February 13, 2008
The wildly successful and popular ShareThis has had numerous features added to it, including multi-blog support. Previously, bloggers were only able to add the post sharing tool to WordPress. Now, support for Blogger and TypePad have also been included. Other less popular services or regular websites can still use the website, using the ShareThis Button for other websites tool.
To initiate a different tracking report page, you must sign up with an additional account, or use the regular steps to add to the current reports.
In order to add the widget/plugin, simply go to sharethis.com/getbutton and select your blog platform. It looks as though the Blogger and TypePad ShareThis tools use widgets as there isn’t any good way of uploading files to the service inside of the blog platform. This would be a slight disadvantage as it will appear in your sidebar unless you edit the theme file.
Secondly, stats and reports have been added, which report on various areas such as unique users, button views, and button clicks. Other tracking features include a graphical view of top shared locations (Email, Flock, AIM, Blogger, Reddit, Digg, etc.). They are presented in a page similar to how WordPress stats and other analytics sites are laid out.
With the addition of these tools and the addition of more blog services to use the plugin with, the ShareThis plugin looks as though it is becoming a standard in the way bloggers should share their favorite posts and makes the task much easier. On a side note, the AddThis plugin has reporting, but simply by the number of bookmarks and feeds. It also doesn’t make the process simpler as it doesn’t integrate with individual posts as well.