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Bookmark & reader icon overload

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday March 13, 2007 )

Accompanying the explosion of social bookmarking sites and feed reader services in recent years, increasing screen real estate is being taken up on sites giving visitors options of adding our feeds and pages to this or that service. A relatively new service for publishers does away with the icon clutter!

I offer a free social bookmarking generator, but I came across what I think is a far superior option – a free service called AddThis. You can see it on the left hand side of this page; and I’ll probably add it to the bottom of posts and articles also.

By adding small snippet of code to your pages, you can make it very easy for your readers to add a page to whichever bookmarking service they use, or your feed to their favorite feed reader.

At the time of writing, the service is compatible with 29 social bookmarking services and all the big names are included such as Digg, Technorati, Reddit and Readers can also add your page to their browser Favorites list. There’s even an option for users to suggest a service if it’s not listed.

On the feed reader side of things, there’s 16 online readers currently listed and 6 desktop readers.

No more messing around with adding extra services or outdated add link codes – AddThis takes care of all that. If you register with AddThis, which is free, you also get stats. Seems like a great idea to me!


2 comments for Bookmark & reader icon overload
  1. Thanx so much for this useful tidbit of info. I had recently learned how to add those cute little social bookmarking icons to my own blog, but there are so many of them available. Of course, to add them all would clutter the page. The AddThis tool that you speak about might be the perfect solution.. for now anyway.

    I appreciate it. Thanx for bringing it to my attention.

    BTW, I really enjoy your site. It was (and still is) very helpful to me when I first began getting interested in seo and web design. Thanx for that!

    best regards,


    Comment by AJ — March 17, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

  2. Hi AJ – thanks for your very kind feedback; I’m very pleased the site has been of value to you! :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 17, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

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