How do you find new things online? Maybe you have a few favorite websites (ChannelOne.com, of course) whose address you have bookmarked or memorized. In the early days of the web, that was actually the only way to get around, and 20 years later, it’s still common. But more and more people are finding cool things to do and read through their friends.
See those buttons right above my hard-to-spell name and irreverent photo? That’s a little feature we introduced this week: the ChannelOne.com Share Bar. If you hadn’t noticed it already, that may be because it’s an improvement on something we already had — the Facebook Like button, which we added to our website a while ago. You’ll still see the Like button on blog posts and articles, but because Facebook isn’t the only game in town anymore, we’ve added a Google+ button, too, and if you use Twitter, there’s a button you can use to tweet our stuff.
But that’s not all — not by a long shot. There are way more social sites on the Internet than you’ve ever heard of. Think we can’t cover them all? Think again. See that orange Share button all the way at the right? When your mouse is over it, you’ll see a whole lot of other options — almost 350 in all. Count them if you don’t believe us. Maybe you’re a fan of Packg. Or is Scoop.it more your thing? Yeah, we hadn’t heard of them, either, but if that’s where you want to share ChannelOne.com content you like, we’ve got you covered.
You can also easily email an article to someone else.
How did we do it? As much as we’d like you to think we spent months scouring the Internet for every social service out there, that’s just not practical for us — or anyone else, for that matter.
Luckily, there’s AddThis, a really great service that does the heavy lifting for you. If you have your own website or blog, you can use it too. We customized it a little, but if you have a little web know-how, it’s really easy to install, and it’s free too. Tools like AddThis are a big part of why the web keeps getting better. If every website had to figure out how to get its content on 350 different sites, well, it would never happen.
So go ahead, like us, +1 us, tweet us. And while you’re at it, Virb us too. It’s a big World Wide Web out there, and we want to be part of it.