How Share Counter Values Work

By March 2, 2017

For count services, ShareThis uses our own proprietary count service — not the native share count API. For example, we’re not counting all the shares of a given URL to Facebook/Twitter; we’re counting the shares that came through the Twitter ShareThis button.

There is JavaScript code for all of the buttons that will increment the counter immediately up being clicked. From there, every few hours we update and push the information of completed shares that occur from our backend logging system. So there’s immediate interactivity for the user experience combined with periodic updates of the data from our data logs.