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Shareaholic

September 14th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

Social networks like Digg, Facebook, and del.icio.us have been around for a long time and they aren't going anywhere since a community is what these sites provide.

Everyone has one or more social media sites that they visit often. Each one has their own community and provide the ability to submit news, articles, and bookmarks for the world to see. If you see an article or news worthy item on the Internet, submit the URL with a news abstract and see if you become popular immediately. It's a great way to boost your own site if you offer quality content.

Overview

Shareaholic provides a quick and easy way to submit a page you're viewing to either Digg.com, Del.icio.us, FaceBook, Google Bookmarks, Reddit, Ma.gnolia, StumbleUpon, and even Twitter.

Installation

The installation went smooth and required a restart of Firefox, but that was the extent of it. After restarting, the extension was immediately visible to the left of the address bar.

If you've installed GUtil! (Google sites) before, you'll find that Shareaholic has a similar interface. Click on the dropdown arrow to view the 8 social sites with other options available.

After installing Shareaholic, the extension also provided a context menu when you right-click on a page, which is definitely helpful for those quick-posts.

Features

If you've seen the social site icons at the bottom of postings and articles on web sites, Shareaholic does basically the same thing, but provides these options to every web site you visit (so long as you're using Firefox). :-)

Find the web page you want your friends to know about. Click on the dropdown arrow to pick one of your social web sites in the Shareaholic list. The extension will take you to the appropriate site for submission.

One of the things I've noticed about the extension is there is another option called "e-mail this page" through a site called Bzzster. Bzzster emails URL's to your friends. Simple as that.

I also noticed that the MyDashboard option under the menu takes you to the Bzzster web site to sign up for emailing web sites. Hmmm...I was kind of expecting a dialog box with some preferences and maybe an option to add more social web site URLs.

The link at the bottom of the list called Community Links provides a quick RSS list of what the top stories are across the web. Nice feature to get a feel for what stories are making the headlines. When I tried to middle-click on a headline, I expected a new tab to open with the story I selected, but it didn't function as I had hoped.

Configuration

Shareaholic doesn't provide any configuration. I'm hoping they'll be adding more social web sites to the extension in the future.

Conclusion

As more and more social networks appear, there will be a need for more extensions to quickly "bag and tag" the popular stories of the world for the Internet.

Aside from the Bzzster option to email your friends, there really isn't a difference between Shareaholic and a social submitter site (i.e. Socializr).

Shareaholic does an excellent job of providing links to the major social sites, but could use a couple more features to make it definitely outstanding. The rating for Shareaholic is 4/5.