Thursday, September 1, 2011

Facebook Friday: How the heck do you get those little badges on the side of your blog?

Someone asked me recently, I forget who, how to put those handy dandy Facebook badges and social plug-ins on the side of your blog that pull Facebook info directly to your blog. I have one to the side (are you looking to your right?) for The Write Advice Facebook page.  See it? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

Well, it's easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy as my daughter would say.

For badges...
For social plug-ins...
  • Like button lets a user share your content with friends on Facebook (this is the button over there to the right above The Write Advice stuff)
  • Send button allows readers to easily send your content to others (also to the right)
  • Comments button allows readers to comment on your site 
  • Activity feed displays the most interesting recent activity taking place on your site
  • Like box enables FB page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own website (The Write Advice box to your right)
  • Recommendations shows personalized recommendations to your users
  • Registration allows users to easily sign up for your website with their Facebook account 
  • Facepile displays the FB pics of people who have liked your page
  • Live stream lets users visiting your site or application share activity and comment in real time
Word of warning: many of these badges and plug-ins are so cool you'll think you need to add them all.  Don't do it! You will totally clutter your site. Think stream-lined.

So which cool FB badges have you added/or are you adding? What about the social plug-ins? Or do you think they're all just too much Facebook (cuz that's cool too)?


Amber Clites said...

Is it the same process for the twitter badge?

Laura Barnes said...

No, Amber, good question though. Here's a link for Twitter badges:

Hope that helps!

Joanna said...

I wish someone would do the same for Wordpress as some of their plugins and widgets are much more complex to install #sigh but this is very useful for Blogger ;)

Laura Barnes said...

Joanna, each of these badges and plug-ins should work on wordpress or any website because the links just generate HtML code to insert on your site. But yes, wordpress is a little more difficult to add these things to.

Michelle Fayard said...

Laura, what a great post; thank you! For now I'm using the page badge instead of the like box. I've also tried adding the like/send buttons, but I'm not able to receive FB's text message with the confirmation code, which will enable me to do so. Ah well, you can't have everything!

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