WordPress Social Media Plugins That I Love

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I’m currently teaching Evolving Educational Technologies at Azusa Pacific University. Social media is a big part of this course. Actually… social media is a big part of life. It occurred to me that my website needs to do a better job of connecting with social media sites. Here’s how I do it using WordPress using three simple plugins.

Tweetable

Matt Harzewski created the Tweetable Twitter Plugin that allows readers to quickly tweet your blog post. It even shortens the url automatically. Additionally, Tweetable can display recent tweets in your sidebar.

My custom settings: I added the TweetMeme button(small version) to each blog snippet on my front page. Here’s how: go to Appearance > Editor > home.php. Add

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

where you’d like it to appear. I added it just under

<?php the_content(__('Read more'));?>

Now, the Tweetable button appears at the bottom of every post on my main page.

SexyBookmarks

Josh Jones created SexyBookmarks to allow readers to easily share your blog post to a variety of social media sites. Currently, there are 77 possible sites that you can display in this plugin. I chose my top 6 bookmarks so that this plugin would take up just one row. The most compelling reason I switched from ShareThis to SexyBookmarks is that SexyBookmarks has a fantastic user interface. When you mouse over a half-way hidden social media icon, javascript takes over and pops the icon up to full view. It looks great, and it works great.

My custom settings: Much like my Tweetable plugin, I wanted SexyBookmarks to appear on the main http://www.billselak.com/ page. Originally, it only appeared when users clicked “Read More” and went to the post’s page. I pasted in

<?php if(function_exists('selfserv_sexy')) { selfserv_sexy(); } ?>

just under the custom code (above) for Tweetable. That’s why you see the Tweet Button first and the Sharing Is Caring buttons second.

Disqus

As a reader, Disqus (pronounced “Discuss”) allows you to track comments you make over the web. Whenever I leave a comment on someone’s website, I usually have the desire to go back and see what other people say about my comment. I have never returned to a website again just to see if someone else commented on my comment. It would be nice, but I don’t do it. Disqus makes this easy to do. Just go to their website and your profile displays all your comments.

As a website creator, Disqus makes it easy for your readers to leave comments. They can log in with a variety of social media credentials (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), so that they will be more likely to actually leave a comment. This step has the added benefit of making is simple for your readers to share the post with their social networks (since they’re already logged in).

These are a few simple ways for readers to share what you’ve written. Which social media WordPress plugins do you love?

  • http://www.dezigndiva.com MiaZoe

    Hi Bill , thank you for taking the time to respond to my comment left on Tim Nortons site . I do agree with you regarding the Disqus comment system ( being that I myself never go back to a site to see whether anyone has responded to my comment ) since Disqus makes this easy :) Which I believe is one of the greatest features about the Disqus system that other commenting systems do not have . I have my current blog on the Blogger platform and am now beginning to familiarize myself w/ the WP platform ( new site is presently under construction ) – however, Blogger has one of the worst comment systems out there I could say : it allows for NO trackbacks , no threaded comments , and up until recently it didnt even have the capability of displaying user avatars ( which many users are still having trouble integrating the new script into their source document in order to make this feature possible ) . I love the Disqus comment system and have installed it on my blog for all of the great features it offers . Intense Debate soon followed in Disqus' wake , and has managed to emulate pretty much the same features – however : the integration process is not up to par in comparison to Disqus ( they really need to work on that aspect a bit :D ) . The other plugins of which you mention are also a very pivotal aspect to any blog as well , and I am so glad to see that you have managed to configure your retweet button accurately ! ( whenever I try to retweet someones article , their retweet button source is always : RT @tweetmeme ! ) Good to see that you have configured yours properly ! Wishing you a great New Year :)

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