Update: Make sure you check out the comments! My post is just a launching point for some great commentary from staff at iBegin Share and Add to Any.
Every site with timely or useful content should utilize some on-site bookmark sharing tool. I’m talking about the bar of links to social networking sites like Facebook, Digg, Reddit, Twitter, etc. that you find at the end of a post. These buttons are preset to recognize the URL of the page they appear on, allowing visitors to quickly propagate your content to their digital lifestream. WordPress specifically offers a ton of plugins that offer such functionality.
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On the downside, external documentation is pretty thin at the moment, but the code is well-commented. There is also a forum, but activity there is rather limited right now — a discussion on a seemingly common issue started earlier this month has yet to receive any official word. So you’re on your own with any heavy customizing or problems, but I suppose that’s the tradeoff for eliminating any third party eyes poking around your traffic. Assuming it works as advertised, I’d argue that it’s a far better deal than the other tools, even without any customization ability.
If you decide to give iBegin Share a shot, or if you’re using it already, I’d love to hear how it’s working for you. Please share your experiences in the comments.