Just disabled ShareThis – I suggest you do the same
I just disabled ShareThis on Theme Lab. It was making the website load incredibly slow all day today. Sorry it took me so long to figure out what the issue was, but I couldn’t believe a little widget like that could bring down an entire site to a crawl. I guess I was wrong, because as soon as I disabled it – no more slow load times whatsoever.
If anyone has ShareThis enabled with accompanying slow load times, I suggest you turn it off until the staff at ShareThis can get this problem resolved. Until then you may want to try out AddThis as a similar social bookmarking alternative.
Update: I have just received a very nice e-mail from JB of ShareThis, assuring me this issue has been resolved. Apparently their servers took on an “unprecedented” overload which caused these problems across the entire network. I’ll see how things progress for the next few days, but hopefully soon I’ll be able to add the ShareThis button back with confidence.