Friday, June 10, 2011

Using the AddThis Toolbar

Have you ever noticed icons like the ones above and wondered, "What do those do?" In fact, you have probably seen them hundreds of times before as you navigate the web looking for research, fun facts or even work related websites. These icons are part of a web tool that lets users instantly share, print, post, or tweet just about anything on the web.

The company Clearspring developed this tool bar to allow greater ease of sharing content across various platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google,, and many more,through a single access bar that can be customized for each user. For instance, if you want to share a page with Facebook, you simply click the Facebook icon and you post is created, awaiting your approval…try it!

Don't see the icon you want? You can add an icon by moving your cursor over the Orange Plus sign at the end of the toolbar and a menu should pop down that lets you browse some of the tools available. If you still don't see what you want, you can see even more shortcuts by selecting "More…" in the Plus Menu and looking for desired application.To customize the tools you see in the Plus Menu, you can use the "Settings" button in the lower left corner. Here you can add up to 10 services that you frequently use or may use.

These tools are useful, versatile, and flexible, so even if you don't think you will use them, it may be good practice to give them a practice run because you may see them much more in the near future.