iBegin Share is a Quick Content Sharing solution just like ShareThis and Add To Any for blog. but unlike those two other solutions these is the fully Open Source version and that also uses the Open Share Icon for Quick Content Sharing that is a direct contender to ShareThis icon.
If the name â€œiBeginâ€ string a cord of familiarity and you don`t know why is because while they do offer this Widget solution, their business is focused and geared to something completely different that is the Local Business Search for USA and Canada and the selling of Business Listings in both countries.
Right now you can only use a Auto Hosted Version or a WordPress Plugin version of this widget so the appeal of this solution maybe be limited.
As with their competitor you are presented with a Blog ButtonÂ in your posts that will activate the Quick Content Sharing Windows.
After clicking it you a presented with four categories:
As with ShareThis it presents you with the Top Bookmarking Sites, Social News Sites and Social Networks,etc. the nature of the Widget also thinks in you extending what is offered and supported.
So changing and adding sites is allowed.
You count with a quick e-mailing form in case you want to share the post with someone in mind right away. i have tested it myself and it works like a charm every time.
You can also Generate a PDF or WORD (.doc 2000-2003 common format) from any post with this and i have also tested it with several posts and it worked out great. the PDF`s and the Word documents are not of the utmost quality but for reference or archival purposes they are more than enough. you can also change and route other online solutions if you so desire.
it generated a printable version of your post and it also calls for printing afterward. think of it as the feature you got in E-mail printable version option but for a blog
So there you go. a very easy and feature complete solution. i have successfully hosted a version of the Sand alone version to try out and it worked good while it does ask for way a lot more user proactive involvement with the widget.
The WordPress version is very straightforward and i took me 5 minutes to upload it, activate it, tweak it and start using it in this very blog. so your are welcome to try it out in this very post.
There is a obvious immense room of improvement in the Widget and i wish they would have set up a Project page for it if they were going to slow pace the development of the widget. this kind of widget needs more versions. more in the case of Typad, Movable Type, Live Journal and Blogger. if they were not going to develop versions for those platform, they instead should provide more documentation for someone to do it ,etc.
As i said. there may be a limited appeal to this widget because in real terms in only supports WordPress. thing that does perfectly because it even got stats for within your Dashboard for the iBegin Share Widget.
(this are screenshots with the juicy bits removed from mere minutes after it started working)
That is why i decided to give it a try. If you are in WordPress the plugin is pretty much perfect within its limitations if you don`t extend it. if you decide to extend it yourself it can live up to whatever you have in mind.
And that is the problem. this widget is something i would like to be offered at least in the top five true Blogging Platforms.
I look forward to see how this widget may evolve. and i hope it continues to do so.
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