The ShareThis team has posted a set of Share Icon Guidelines as an RFC.
I’ve watched this go through a few different revisions and provided my input along the way. I think the guidelines are excellent1, they keep the icon free for everyone while helping define how it should be used, so that its meaning is well preserved.
If you’d like to comment or send feedback to the ShareThis team on the guidelines the best way to do so is in the Google Group. Kudos to the team for doing this the right way.
- Thanks to Mozilla for paving the way on this. [back]
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I am just curious about what your relation is with sharethis.com since they say in their weblog:
“Weâ€™re also excited to have Alex King join the team (…)”
But you don’t appear later in their about section.
In any case, I don’t know if you see there’s a “problem” that a company owns the logo whereas that doesn’t happen with the feed and opml icons (I might be wrong here).
Lastly, the (only) other mention of you is later in their guidelines:
“Alex King introduced a new ‘Share Icon’ for the Web (…)”
I would add and assume: “Alex King introduced and designed (…)”
Please see my previous post for some answers to your questions.
The feed icon is owned by the Mozilla Foundation, so that’s actually 2 of 3 that are owned by corporations. Also, since the Share Icon was originally released under several Open Source licenses, there isn’t much potential for “problem” here.