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Type of site
Social Bookmarking and Sharing Tool
Created byShareThis
Employees103 (2017)

The ShareThis button is an all-in-one widget that lets people share any content on the Web with friends via e-mail, AIM, or text message. is the URL shortener for[1][2] The widget can also keep an account of personal contacts so that users can send an e-mail, IM, or text message with favorite links to friends.[3] Toolbar versions exist for Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite and Internet Explorer, and customized widgets are available for leading blog publisher sites including Blogger, TypePad and WordPress.


ShareThis was founded by David E. Goldberg, engineering professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Tim Schigel. ShareThis owns an exclusive license, with the University of Illinois, for Goldberg's patent applications in the area of genetic algorithms and machine learning for the purposes of information discovery and learning from sharing behavior.[citation needed] ShareThis has headquarters in San Francisco, CA and Cincinnati, OH. Investors include IllinoisVENTURES and DFJ Mercury.

In July 2018 a data breach exposed 41 million unique email addresses alongside names and in some cases, dates of birth and password hashes held by ShareThis.[4] In February 2019 the data appeared listed for sale on a dark web marketplace and subsequently began circulating more broadly,[5] after which time ShareThis verified the breach and sent notifications to compromised users.[4] Users did not need to have created an account with ShareThis to be affected.

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  1. ^ "AboutUs" (editable wiki). Website profile. January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  2. ^ " Safety Report". safety report. January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2012. is not listed in DMoz, the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web
  3. ^ "Publisher widget ShareThis raises $15 million, Source:CNET".
  4. ^ a b "Notice of Data Breach". ShareThis. ShareThis, Inc. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  5. ^ Williams, Chris (11 February 2019). "620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts". The Register. The Register, Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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