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Clearspring will stop new widget creation on Feb 1st 2010

January 30th, 2010

This showed up in my inbox yesterday and I thought I should share it with my handful of readers.

IMPORTANT: The ability to create new Launchpad widgets will be turned off on February 1st, 2010.


As part of the ongoing process to sunset the Launchpad platform, the ability to create new widgets will be turned off on February 1st, 2010. As a reminder, here are the upcoming dates associated with this process:

* Feb. 1st, 2010: New widget creation will be disabled.
* April 5th, 2010: Launchpad console will be turned off, however existing widget installations will continue to be served.
* January 1st, 2011: Widget serving will be shut off.

We are committed to working with you to make your transition process as smooth as possible, and have created a number of documents to help.


* Transition Overview
* What You Need to Know
* Questions and Answers
* Launchpad Transition Support Forum
* Launchpad & AddThis Platform Comparison
* More Information about the AddThis sharing platform

Going forward, we hope that you’ll use AddThis for your widget sharing. We think you will find AddThis to be an easy, powerful and fast.

If you have any questions, please visit the Support Forum above for assistance. Thank you for your continued partnership and use of Clearspring products.

Hooman Radfar
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Clearspring Technologies

I see this as a good thing. Clearspring is consolidating their product line which will allow them to focus more on their core offerings. AddThis is immensely popular (sharing over 30 billion a month) and adds far more flexibility and options to widget developers.
The transition will be smooth. As outlined in the section above, just about anything you can do with Launchpad, you will be able to accomplish with AddThis.

Congratulations to Hooman and his team for creating such a successful product!

See whats being shared on Twitter via AddThis

January 3rd, 2010

AddThis is a very, very popular way to let your readers share content socially.

Here is a peek into what is being shared on Twitter right now via AddThis.

Copy the code below to add to your site.

You have heard of Twitter…right? Sharebar

December 30th, 2009 is a service that makes it very easy for bloggers and website owners to add all-in-one social functionality to their pages. AddThis provides a great widget that allows your readers to easily share your content across their favorite social sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and many, many more. 223 services to be exact!
AddThis was founded in 2006 and is currently viewed more than 30 Billion times a month. Clearspring Technologies acquired AddThis in 2008 and continues to improve the service.

AddThis labs introduces Sharebar

Sharebar is an unobtrusive bar that appears at the bottom of the browser and allows your visitors to share your website content with all of their social contacts throughout the world. The Sharebar makes it so your readers don’t have to look for your creative sharing options. All the sharing options are located in one easy, convenient location. This frees up precious space on your website for more content or widgets or whatever.

Sharebar is still a beta as it was only released on December 17th 2009.

Sharebar is an AddThis Labs experiment, so please note that we cannot provide the same level of support for this feature as we do for the AddThis menu and other interfaces.

I have started seeing the AddThis Sharebar on a few sites. There is a forum where AddThis encourages you to share your experiences with Sharebar. (AddThis employee) (AddThis employee)

With the sheer number of posts on the forum since Dec 17th (13 days ago) I can see that Sharebar will be quite successful.

Get Sharebar at

Sharebar is also available as Google Chrome extension.

We’ve released an AddThis Google Chrome Extension which uses Sharebar. As you will see it does not look like Sharebar (it’s not even a bar), but it uses the same code with a different layout option. Google Chrome only supports extensions in the Windows beta, Mac support should be coming any day.

…and as a browser bookmarklet.

If you want to try Sharebar on your site without adding any code use the Sharebar Bookmarklet: Sharebar.
Drag that to your bookmark bar and you can use Sharebar on any site.

Clearspring acquires AddThis

October 1st, 2008

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Clearspring acquired AddThis. i was talking about just last week while commenting on the MadKast acquistion by ShareThis that a true competition to ShareThis was needed. i say that even considering that Widgets Lab is using ShareThis for its Quick Content Sharing or Social Bookmarking and Sharing as you may see it best.

While the Acquisition of MadKast by ShareThis was purely technologic and recruiting perfect addition to its team. Clearspring acquisition of AddThis goes the other way around. Clearspring don`t needs more Tech, Analytics or new Team Members. AddThis just provides a strong brand name, mindshare and of course the marketshare they needed to make their Launchpad for Blogs Widget to work. That is right while pretty much no one paid attention to Clearspring version of ShareThis. there was one. Justin Thorp even added context to the why Clearspring decided to go with it on blog post looking at the last Technorati State of the Blogosphere report.

Then it came the sudden acquisition of  Madkast by ShareThis. now it creates me the doubt if ShareThis knew in advance that Clearspring was eyeing their #1 competitor?. my guess is that yes. ShareThis is one of the best funded Widget Startups. it could have bought AddThis if they truly wanted it unless they had thought the price was too high for something they could end up getting done in the long haul. a acquisition of AddThis by Clearspring put this in perspective but also in question to me.

Now we are left with to big independent Widget Buttons in Tell-A-Friend and in AddToAny. maybe they could join into one for a third competitor. otherwise is very clear that the only competition will be with AddThis and ShareThis. just as it already was for the last 6 months or even the last year.



Company’s Reach Now Comparable to 7th Largest Web Property

McLean, Va. & Princeton, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2008 — Clearspring Technologies, the leading widget network connecting publishers and advertisers to audiences on the social Web, today announced the acquisition of AddThis, the No. 1 bookmarking and content sharing service on the Internet. Together, Clearspring and AddThis will serve over 20 billion views per month and reach more than 200 million unique visitors, creating the most widely used set of content sharing services on the Web.

Both companies achieved market leadership by delivering distinct content sharing products – AddThis providing the market’s most widely used tool for bookmarking and sharing Web pages, and Clearspring as the company that introduced the concept of point-and-click tools enabling users to easily move content between Web sites. Together the companies will offer the most comprehensive set of sharing tools available – becoming the de facto universal content sharing platform for Web publishers and end users. The collective footprint of the combined entity will reach a worldwide audience comparable to the 7th largest Web property.

"The Internet is becoming the backbone for digital communications – an essential part of our everyday lives," said Ted Leonsis, chairman of the board at Clearspring. "With the acquisition of AddThis, Clearspring is now at the forefront of that evolution, connecting digital content publishers and consumers via a single set of universally recognizable tools that enable people to easily communicate with content."

The sharing of Web sites, services, and other digital content as a way of communicating is growing in popularity, especially among the rapidly expanding social networking segment. In August 2008, comScore estimated that social networking users comprised more than 65 percent of the Web’s 860 million unique monthly visitors. With today’s news, the combined companies’ sharing services provide publishers with a comprehensive toolset, enabling them to make any content – whether a Web page or a standalone application – easily sharable to other Web sites, a user’s desktop, or a mobile device.

"AddThis has pioneered the easiest-to-use sharing experience, enabling users to quickly save and share Web pages. This experience has propelled the AddThis sharing button to become the biggest little thing on the Web – installed on hundreds of thousands of sites around the world," said Hooman Radfar, Clearspring’s chief executive officer. "We are committed to this paradigm and intend to make our combined offerings synonymous with ‘sharing made simple.’"

Clearspring and AddThis enable people to easily share content with trusted friends and social groups across popular sites like Facebook, MySpace, iGoogle, Twitter and Digg. Compelling content often shared includes Web pages, videos, movie trailers, news, sports updates, trivia quizzes, games, music, and more, and can be shared across more than 80 social networking, blogging and bookmarking services.

"With its highly scalable infrastructure and proven management team, Clearspring brings tremendous value to AddThis," said Dom Vonarburg, chief executive officer of AddThis. "We share their vision for empowering users and publishers and look forward to providing the industry’s standard sharing platform as we build out the next generation of Clearspring products."



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