See a sample article on theonion.com

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I know how to create icons for these sites without using their standard widget, but how did they get the number of share, bellow each icon ? Is there an API to ask for it ?

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    Yes is the simple answer. Search the individual APIs for further details.
    – joesk
    Jan 28, 2013 at 15:36
  • Why the downvotes ? RTFM is a valid answer now ?
    – Manu
    Jan 28, 2013 at 15:42
  • I can't find any information on how to do this for twitter, for instance.
    – Manu
    Jan 28, 2013 at 16:27
  • Did you even search? Took me a minute to find
    – elssar
    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:00
  • Actually, I need to call count.json, as answered on stackoverflow
    – Manu
    Jan 29, 2013 at 17:56

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use the URL :


It will return a JSON string :



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But see stackoverflow.com/questions/5699270

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