AddToAny Blog

Twitter URL shortening and how to reactivate Bitly (j.mp)

October 29th, 2013

Since 2010, Twitter discreetly shortens all shared links using their own t.co short URL service, which makes additional URL shortening unnecessary. So if you tweet a link that is over 100 characters long, Twitter today only counts 20-23 against your 140 characters. Not having to worry about short URLs makes sharing links on Twitter far easier than it used to be.

Last week we finally disabled AddToAny’s default link shortening to Twitter using Bitly’s j.mp service. Bitly had a good run on AddToAny’s platform since 2009, and Bitly remains a URL shortening & link tracking option for publishers.

If you have any questions about enabling short URLs or link tracking for your site using Bitly or another service such as awe.sm, just ask and we’ll show you how.

AddToAny is back!

July 2nd, 2013

Many of you have noticed some changes here and there, and some of you guessed it. Yes, indeed, I have.

I bought AddToAny back!

Yours Truly, Founder of AddToAny, sharing/saving/subscription machine, supporter of web publishers, Pat Diven II, “micropat” is again the proud owner of the boomerang that is AddToAny.

More passionate and appreciative than ever before, I’m back at it full-time and I’ve got the keys.  I can’t wait to (re)deliver on what matters most to publishers, developers, and always of course, the end-user.

Your feedback is my fuel, your praise on recent updates has already been reinvigorating, and I’m excited to show you the new paint and new things we’ve been working on that you will love for a number of years. Thank you, world, and please do keep the feedback coming!

— Pat

Share to Google+ within your sharing menu

November 10th, 2011

Many of you have asked about sharing to Google’s social network, Google+, within your universal sharing menu.  Our response has generally been, ‘We are waiting for Google to release a sharing endpoint for Google+,’ But then we got tired of waiting and developed a interim workaround. 🙂

Google+

So starting today – no upgrade necessary – your visitors can share your content to Google+.  Our temporary workaround is to offer a landing page on addtoany.com that offers a Google +1 button that targets your original link.  A couple neat things about this: a) You don’t have to make any new changes since this is an automatic release, and b) Your pages do not incur the additional load of the Google+ JavaScript and button assets.

Share to Google+ within AddToAny

Of course, as soon as Google+ releases a traditional public sharing endpoint, we’ll switch over to it immediately and automatically.

Enjoy sharing to Google+!