Sharing is Simple with AddThis for Firefox

Firefox just updated a cool tool called AddThis for Firefox.  After you download the app to your computer, a navigation bar will appear across the top of your screen.  As Firefox describes it, AddThis for Firefox makes “sharing and bookmarking simple. Have all your favorite web 2.0 social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services at your fingertips. Share any page, anytime, with anyone.”

"Firefox AddThis navigation bar"

Firefox AddThis screen shot

I’ve been using this tool for months (see navigation bar above) and it makes it so easy to share a magazine article, a blog post, or other information with your followers on Twitter, Facebook and many other social networking services.  You just click on the icon and you’re taken to your account where you can post the news.

Here’s How it Works

For example, I just read a story in the New York Times about the predicted public offering of Groupon entitled, “Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value the Company at $15 Billion.”  I clicked on the Twitter icon on my navigation bar, and it took me to my Twitter “What’s Happening” message box, with this micro-blog already there, “Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value Company at $15 Billion – via @addthis.”

All I had to do is hit the Tweet button.  I could have deleted the @addthis but it wouldn’t have been polite.  By the way, this particular page in the Times didn’t have any Twitter or Facebook share buttons.  So, I probably wouldn’t have bothered Tweeting this story, which I thought would be of interest to followers because Groupon is such a hot story.

While I use the navigation bar, you can choose from other options, including a Sharing tool bar for your blog, a context menu and URL bar icon (I’m not sure how all these work because I haven’t used them, but you can give them a try).

There are other goodies, too, like bookmarking and accessing your address book.  All will be explained when you go to the AddThis for Firefox site.