AddToAny Blog

Official Google Buzz button arrives

April 11th, 2010

Today we’re excited to announce AddToAny’s official support for sharing to Google Buzz!  We just rolled out an update that switches AddToAny’s Google Buzz link from Google Reader (an indirect route to Buzz sharing) to Google Buzz’s official sharing endpoint (as direct as you can get). As with other sharing/bookmarking and RSS feed product launches, we had the pleasure of working with Google’s awesome team on this one, and we’re all thrilled to finally get Google Buzz sharing into the hands of publishers.

Users can grab a Google Buzz bookmarklet and publishers looking for a standalone sharing link can use AddToAny’s Google Buzz button link.  No update is required for publishers using AddToAny’s WordPress sharing plugin or AddToAny’s sharing module for Drupal.  Like all other service updates, this update is completely automatic.

New menu API, examples, documentation

February 10th, 2010

Over the past couple weeks we have been rolling out a new sharing menu API for AddToAny.  Our primary goal was to make AddToAny self-contained while maintaining perfect backwards compatibility with our old API.

What’s new?

Essentially, the new API is just a new syntax for customizing AddToAny, though we have exposed a few new customizations and techniques that you’re welcome to try out.

What’s changed?

Aside from the optional new syntax, most of the changes are under the hood.  Instead of configuring AddToAny using global variables, which in theory could collide with other global variables, you can now configure AddToAny under one self-contained object, a2a_config.  Additionally, the single object method offers a slight speed gain in modern browsers, and occasionally a noticeable difference in older A-Grade browsers on JavaScript-heavy pages.  Speaking of which, AddToAny’s intensive support for all A-Grade browsers (and more) continues with our long held believe that sharing should be quick and easy for as many devices and user-agents as possible, both old and cutting edge.

Transitioning to the new API

While transitioning to the new API is optional at this point, there are some important aspects to note.

  • All transitioned properties take the same name as their legacy global counterparts
  • Future properties will not have a supported global equivalent
  • Be careful with syntax and handling of the a2a_config object
  • Definitely check out the thorough examples and documentation, and list of available properties

If you have any questions or run into any problems at all, feel free to get in touch with us directly.  Happy early Valentine’s Day!

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Google Analytics for your share button, updated!

August 25th, 2009

We have begun rolling out a significant update to AddToAny’s Google Analytics integration for sharing stats.  The update brings easier access to AddToAny sharing analytics and makes social media and bookmarking reports much more powerful and elegant!

See the new AddToAny sharing analytics guide!

Google Analytics

Keeping a watchful eye on Google’s analytics offerings, a few months ago we were extra-happy to see Google Analytics officially announce event tracking for everyone.  The ubiquity of Google Analytics event tracking has allowed us to update AddToAny’s Google Analytics integration to track each share as an event and to appropriately bucket all events into actions & labels within a single category.  With this enhancement, AddToAny brings you more useful and intuitive sharing stats within the analytics dashboard you already use.

With AddToAny’s G.A. integration, you could traditionally access detailed reports on:

  • Top shared content
    • Which pages are visitors sharing and saving the most?
    • How many shares or saves for each page?
  • Top destinations (including e-mail and browser bookmarking)
    • Which services are visitors sharing or saving to?
    • How many shares or saves for each service?

With the new G.A. integration, the above reports are easier to access and you can additionally:

  • Drill down by content
    • Which services are used the most for a certain page?
    • How many shares or saves per service for a certain page?
  • Drill down by service
    • Which pages are the most shared or saved to a certain service?
    • How many shares or saves per page for a certain service?

For those wondering, the new method indeed replaces the old access method.  So instead of filtering reports by addtoany.com, you can access your social bookmarking stats in two clicks or less from your Google Analytics dashboard.

With no further ado, check out the updated AddToAny Google Analytics guide, and go check out your stats!