Share and Share Alike Things You Like with the ShareThis Stream…

It’s getting to the point where sooner or later, we’re all going to lose track of where we share stories and websites we enjoy online. Right now, the big guns include Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Del.ici.ous, and we’ll even throw in Google‘s Buzz (and Google Reader) for good measure. Keeping up with what your friends are sharing on all of these platforms at all times can be a tall order. But luckily, as of today, ShareThis announced its new ShareThis Stream (currently in “Beta”), which should help tap some of these other sites in order to give you one feed to rule them all (or something to that effect).

You may have noticed the “ShareThis” button we include with every post here at The Digital Breakfast. For those of you who don’t already know, ShareThis is just an easy way to share any blog post or news item you like on/through whichever platform you’d like to share it (email is currently most popular, followed by Facebook and Twtiter).

Right now, ShareThis Stream is a feed that shows you all of the items your Facebook friends are sharing (and any comments made on them) sprinkled with a sampling of popular news items being shared through ShareThis. And you can choose either to view the stream in real time or just watch what’s trending…

You can also filter by source, by just what’s being shared via ShareThis, or by just what’s being shared by your Facebook friends.

If the item comes from a Facebook friend, you’ll get a little “Shared By” line underneath of the item’s content. And if anyone has commented on the shared item, that’ll show up as well…

My friends only share the most interesting stories of political and social import, as you can see.

Plus, for all of the trending topics, your ShareThis Stream includes tweets relevant to the applicable topic…

Obviously it’s not an exact science just yet, but they’re trying, I suppose.

And if you want to share a story that shows up in the feed with others, outside of ShareThis.com, all you have to do is click the “Share” icon you see to the right of the story and you’ll have the option to share a link to it on any of the sites listed, or through email…

Unfortunately, right now ShareThis Stream is limited to things being shared through ShareThis and Facebook. But as you’ll see, they have plans to integrate Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo and MSN. And in addition to your own ShareThis Stream on ShareThis.com, there’s also a ShareThis Stream widget you can gank to integrate into your own site that provides your visitors/readers a feed of the most shared stories.

Personally, I’ve always liked ShareThis for its simplicity and organization. Since its inception, it has continued to provide readers an easy way to share their favorite things on the web, while also providing publishers an easy way through which to encourage readers to share their content. And it’s remarkably easy to use – one click on the “Share” button – another click on your service of choice, and you’re pretty much golden.

Obviously, as the Share Stream is still technically in Beta, right now what you see is what you get. But the concept is there, and with ShareThis’s content base – already automatically pulling from somewhere around 130,000 different sites – as well as Facebook’s 400 million or so users, there should be no shortage of interesting news items for you to ignore…I mean, discover!

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