TR goes social

You may have noticed a small change in the TR layout this afternoon. If you look at the bottom of articles, news posts, and blog posts, you’ll see TR has joined the ranks of the many publications that feature links to popular social bookmarking and sharing sites.

We experimented with common sharing widgets like AddThis last month, but none of them seemed lightweight, customizable, or open enough for our tastes. So, I took it upon myself to write one pretty much from scratch using CSS and (very) minimal JavaScript. The result looks like so:

In an effort to be as non-annoying as possible, I made it so you need to click the button to bring up the sharing menu. That way, you won’t see a menu pop out of nowhere when you’re just trying to browse the site—a pet peeve I have with some of the common prefab widgets. Otherwise, it behaves just like you’d expect: click on the name of a given service, and you’ll be able to promote whatever page you were reading through that service.

As always with new TR features, we invite you to give it a shot and give us your feedback in the comments below. If we left out your favorite social bookmarking or sharing site, do let us know! And if you need to sound off about how terrible all those web-2.0 sites are… well, that’s cool too.

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    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    I like -[http://www.stalky.org<]§ no widget thoughg{<. <}g I try and push TR to various geeks I know when I cang{<.<}g

    • ChrisDTC
    • 11 years ago

    wow, im an idiot, nevermind

    • A_Pickle
    • 11 years ago

    Dugg.

    • grantmeaname
    • 11 years ago

    Thank you!!!

    Or, as they say in France, /[

      • FubbHead
      • 11 years ago

      Si si, senõr. 🙂

        • rechicero
        • 11 years ago

        Is that any joke about French people speaking Spanish?

        :-s

          • scpulp
          • 11 years ago

          That or Ammo Bandito.

    • GodsMadClown
    • 11 years ago

    The image doesn’t look very good as I scale up and down font sizes in firefox (ctl-+, ctl–). It’s the little things…

      • Cyril
      • 11 years ago

      How about now?

        • GodsMadClown
        • 11 years ago

        The font of the word “share” is still blocky in comparison to the subpixel antialiased text portions of the page. It’s not really a biggie though. It’s still nice that shit’s not popping up on my screen.

    • lordT
    • 11 years ago

    +1 for not making it pop-up on mouseover.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      I agree. That’s a pet peeve of mine as well.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 11 years ago

    Cyril, my sincere thanks for your hard work in keeping TR “with it”. Of course, I’m anti-web 2.0, so I don’t visit any of those sites (email and Messenger it is for me), but I do rest easy in knowing that TR is staying relevant and reaching out to new people. And that is the true sign of a geek. “I’ll just code my own…”

    Now, as soon as I can create an anti-facebook facebook group without joining facebook I’ll be all set…

    • _Sigma
    • 11 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks Cyril!

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    My dorky habit now invades Facebook… or the other way around.

    • zima
    • 11 years ago

    You forgot Reddit ;p (hey, it’s among least terrible…at least in comparison to some of the choices present in TR currently ;p )

      • Dashak
      • 11 years ago

      Agreed, everyone with any taste has left digg for reddit.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      If you are going to add Reddit, may be you can add technorati as well?

    • Palek
    • 11 years ago

    Thanks for not making the new feature a mouse-over pop-up. I also find them incredibly annoying.

      • jonybiskit
      • 11 years ago

      I agree, and good work.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Seconded. The Shack is SUPER annoying with the auto-popup on rollover.

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