The Internet is all about sharing. Word of mouth is how we tend to stumble upon the best content on the web. After all, if your friends think something is cool, you can probably trust that you will like it to. Hopefully, your friends feel the same way about the content you share on the web. Many websites have social sharing options built right into the site, but you may not be able to share on the service you want.
The Chrome extension called Shareaholic allows you to share whatever you find on the web on almost every service imaginable. It’s incredibly easy to use and customizable, so you can make it function any way you choose. If you need a better way to share the awesome stuff you find on the Internet with all of your favorite web services, this is the Chrome extension you need to install. It simply makes your life easier, and that’s really what browser extensions are all about.
Getting everything up and running is very self-explanatory. First, go to the Chrome Webstore and click the big “Add To Chrome” button. After a few seconds, the extension will install, and you will be ready to go.
Once finished, the extension will open a helpful guide to getting started. From here, it will take you step by step through getting everything going.
The first thing you are going to want to do is sign up for a free account. This allows you to keep track of all the links you’ve shared and follow other users of the extension to see what they are sharing.
From there, you will want to set up your services. Depending on the number of services you plan to use, this can take a little while. If you just want Facebook and Twitter, it will take a few seconds, but if you want to add sites likes Digg, Reddit, WordPress and others, it could take a little bit. The page presents you with a list of the services, simply click them to add them to the extension. The first time you go to use it, it will prompt you to log in and link it with the account for that network.
You can choose from a large list of URL shorteners. It uses Google’s by default, but all of the popular ones are there, so if you have a particular one you like, you can use that.
Using the Extension
Once you have everything all set up, you will want to start sharing. When you come across something you like on the web, simply click the extension’s icon and it will drop down all the sharing services you’ve added from the options. Click one, and you will be able to share whatever page you are currently viewing.
If you need to go back to the options menu, it’s listed right at the bottom of the drop down. So if you realize that you want to add a new method of sharing, you can jump back there and add it later.
If you don’t want to add a new service to your list of favorites, but still want to share something to it, you can simply click “More” from the drop down menu, and it will show you all of the supported services for a single use.
If you are looking for an easier way to share the awesome stuff you find on the web, this is the extension for you. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it does exactly what you expect it to do in the easiest way possible.