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The fustercluck customizing AddThis

FYI => As mentioned briefly this past weekend, it all started about a week ago with and using AddThis to share the shortened URLs to Facebook. The share would get to FB and the link would be expanded. That is, back to it’s pre-shortened full length.

Poop! That was no good. The whole idea of shortening the links is to share them shortened, right? Right! I had to fix this. couldn’t launch until it was resolved.

I did some poking around in the AddThis forum and found what looked to be a good alt-approach for posting directly to Facebook. However, I didn’t want to lose AddThis. Analytics baby, analytics. So I kept looking. I kept trying different settings.

Gawd only knows how much time I spent trying to get the AddThis services_custom to work with this alt-way for connecting to Facebook. Unfortunately, the AddThis setting that let me remove the regular version of Facebook would also exclude my custom version. I tried EVERYTHING and then some. Nuttin’!

Finally, in the end I removed the regular version of Facebook via CSS. But even that isn’t perfect. It works and I’m willing to bet no one is going to notice the slight flaw it leaves behind. None the less, I wish the final hack I settled on was a bit cleaner.

Moral of the story: be extra careful when trying to customize AddThis. The documentation isn’t as complete as one would hope. But then again, what do you want for nothin’?

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