Social media exposure for blogs is hot-hot-hot. Adding social media share icons to blogs is essential now to making it easy for our readers. Twitter is the favorite of many for rapid exposure and an easy way for their readers to share their content with others. Twitter exposure can mean a lot “free” traffic to blogs.
Solving Share Button Headaches
Adding the share buttons for the countless networks like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Stumbleupon, etc to WordPress can be a headache with dozens of plugin, individual plugin options, alignment options, floating issues and theme elements. Some days it makes you want to pull your hair out finding buttons that just work. While adding the functions to the thesis theme is much more light-weight and resource friendly, but not everyone wants to poke in the code.
What is Digg Digg WordPress plugin?
Fortunately there’s a great little WordPress plugin called “Digg Digg” that makes adding any of nineteen social media share buttons to your site easy! In fact, its one of my top 10 must have wordpress plugins. It makes alignment easy, preventing the buttons from floating into theme elements, and it tends to behave. It ALSO makes it possible (with a little more work) to add the floating ajax style share buttons like Mashable has on their site. Its very cool.
Digg Digg can be used to create not only the “Mashable style” floating share buttons but also a large combination of button types and alignments. The compact and standard views give you some creative flexibility.
Here’s an example of standard width, horizontal alignment, and you cant see it but this one was left float.
You can see how the icons can be easily stacked in a compact form that wont take over all your post space.
Here’s an example of standard width, horizontal align, right float:
(Don’t worry about the Facebook button being compact in this view, they like to hide your “zero” until you have a share, then it will pop up to full size and look right.)
Digg Digg: Now With Topsy!
You may have noticed in the image above is that I have both a Topsy AND Tweetmeme twitter button. One of Digg Digg’s downsides was that it used to only allow the Tweetmeme button. You do NOT have to run them both at the same time like here – but I wanted you to be able to see them.
As of this newest version, version 4.2, Digg Digg now has support for Topsy instead of only having the Tweetmeme support. There is a lot of people that do not care for Tweetmeme for various reasons, including that it requires OAuth. Also Topsy will let visitors share the tweet more than once (and have it count) whereas Tweetmeme tracks unique shares, and a visitor can not share it more than once. Tweetmeme on the other hand is preferred by some because it has a pop-up and does not open a separate page/window. So now, regardless of your preferred twitter share button, you have even more choices!
Ann also mentions, in another post here on ShoutMeLoud, how Topsy is considered a powerful tool for brand monitoring and it may be wise to pay attention to it.
Adding Topsy To Digg Digg: Settings
As you can see in this settings screen shot, Step 6 is the Tweetmeme configuration which have been included for a while and the new Step 7 is the Topsy configuration. You actually enable or disable the particular buttons up in Step 4. The configuration for Topsy is easy as all it really needs is your Twitter ID.
So now you can see that we have one more reason to love Digg Digg! The new Topsy support is awesome and allows the post to be retweeted multiple times by visitors instead of just once that TweetMeme allows. This is a great improvement on a great plugin!
Are you using social media share buttons? Which ones do you feel are essential? With all the possible social sites how do you decide which ones to show and which ones not to? Are you using Digg Digg already or are you using another plugin (or three!) to get your share buttons? Which ones are your favorites?
I look forward to reading and replying to your comments below!
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