Share icon

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A share icon is a user interface icon intended to convey to the user a button for performing a share action.

Share Icon[edit]

Share Icon

The most commonly used share icon[according to whom?] was introduced in 2006, known as the Share Icon. It was created by WordPress developer Alex King[1] and acquired by ShareThis a year later. They eventually licensed it under four licenses: the share-alike GPL and LGPL, and the permissive BSD license and Creative Commons Attribution 2.5.[2][3] ShareThis produces widgets for accessing social networking services from a single pop-up menu. This icon is trademarked and was cause for controversy due to it being subject to legal take-down[4] notices despite its license.

Open Share Icon[edit]

Open Share Icon

The Open Share Icon (or Shareaholic icon)[5] is designed to help users easily identify shareable content. The icon aims to convey the act of sharing visually by representing one hand passing an object to another hand, while also representing an eye meaning "look at this." The icon was designed by the company Shareaholic, and made available under a Creative Commons share-alike license, with the restriction that "clear attribution and a hyperlink back to this page in a prominent location near to the image is required".[5]

The Open Share Icon is supported by Ken Rossi (creator of the widely used OPML icons) and Bruce McKenzie (GeoTag icons),[5] and is used by hundreds of websites and applications,[citation needed] including SmugMug,[6] the Shareaholic Firefox addon,[7] Wikia, NetworkWorld, Weather Underground, Princeton University. It is also proposed for use in the Mozilla Add-ons Directory.[8]


Another icon called the Share icon [9] is a user interface icon used through Apple's products, which is a box with an arrow jumping up. This icon is used on several Apple products:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Share Icon". Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Share Icon Project – An icon to represent 'sharing': posting to social sites, sending by e-mail, etc". Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Share Icon Project – An icon to represent 'sharing': posting to social sites, sending by e-mail, etc". via Internet Archive. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2007.
  4. ^ "Font Awesome". Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Home of the Open Share Icon and Share Buttons". Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  6. ^ " Traffic Profile". Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  7. ^ "Mozilla Add-ons Directory". Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  8. ^ "Mozilla Bug #504711". Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "iWork – News – Using On Your iPad". Apple. April 30, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2012.