Activity Feeds: Articles on Activity Feeds and Community Building as a part of Social Media

Social media plugins play an important role in connecting websites and web services to social networks. Social media services allow websites to engage with their visitors in a fresh and interactive way— and have become essential to the health and growth of a new web. This article outlines the top 10 social media plugins of today, why they’re so important, and why you should consider using them for your site.

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In previous articles, we’ve talked about cool Facebook social plug-ins that were introduced last year by Mark Zuckerberg at the F8 conference. The Login plug-in is great for creating a better user experience on your website, and the Comments plug-in is great for helping build a community of brand followers. But what about plug-ins that create a better user experience on your website AND help you create a community? Voila! The Recommendations and Activity Feed plug-ins (Facebook is so cool. They think of everything).

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The point of social media is to turn your website into a community atmosphere, driving further customer participation and integration. Gigya’s community section drives multiple points for users to get involved in your site’s community:

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Gigya is to social media what the Swiss Army Knife is to camping—a lifesaver. While there are hundreds of other plugins to choose from, Gigya offers a centralized service with a GUI-interfaced console and analytical tools. Their scalable services have been implemented by the likes of ABC, ESPN, Reuters, Time and Turner.

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What Are Social Plugins?

Social plugins are friends with benefits. They are small additions to your website that allow you to leverage Facebook’s 500 million users to increase web traffic to your site.  These plugins are leading to the social optimization of the Internet, and it is catching on like wildfire.

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