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Yesterday I noted that I thought the social sharing widgets would add the Facebook Like button in the near future. Little did I know that it would be less than 24 hours after my post!
AddThis has announced the launch of an updated version of their social sharing widget which incorporates the Facebook like button. AddThis community manager Justin Thorpe sent over the announcement which included, “Our goal with the AddThis sharing platform is to make it easy for anyone to share anything anywhere. We’re excited to make the Facebook Like button functionality available to our community of 1.2 million websites.”
Currently the new AddThis code has to be implemented outside of their normal widget code but the announcement post notes that integrated code is coming soon. They also note that their analytics tools will also be upgraded to allow for Facebook Like button analytics.
As the social sharing widgets add the new like buttons, it makes me wonder if OpenLike will be able to gain traction past a niche developer community.
Here’s a live sample of the updated AddThis widget (RSS come inside to view):
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