Social Plug-Ins: Articles on Social Plug-Ins, Facebook, Like Buttons, Activity Feeds & More.

Social media integration on websites and blogs is critical today,  serving to broaden reach and engage users. A side effect, however, is that various widgets can easily convolute an otherwise sleek website without giving much in return. Even worse, social media plugins can lure users away to their social networks just when they should be staying put. Enter Wibiya.

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User Comments have been a part of the web for decades. In the early 90’s, forums were the medium for aggregating and organizing user comments through interests (ie: car forums, tech forums, gaming forums, business forums, etc). Anybody with a geocities website could throw on a forum and begin interacting with the community.

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So you’ve found out that your WordPress blog is one lonely blog in the great big sea of 17,728,005 WordPress blogs (at the time of writing). And there are 384 new posts on WordPress every minute.

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So you have gotten past the weird Swahili-based name of Joomla and you created a site—kudos. Now comes the easy part, marketing your site. The easiest way to get traffic to your blog or site is to install social media plugins; this will allow you to leverage your existing online connections into page traffic.

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In typical Drupal fashion, you are provided with a wide variety of tools when integrating a social networking solution with your site. In fact Drupal.org has a huge community of developers that have created in-depth forums and documentation that will help you choose the right social solution for your needs (and developing skills). There is a full list of social networking-related modules on the Drupal.org site, click here.

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Navigating the Labyrinth

Now more than ever, it’s imperative for professionals and organizations to carefully craft their social strategy and seek out the right tools for the job. Gartner Research released its latest study which expects social CRM software sales to exceed an impressive $1Billion by 2013.

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Facebook Connect allows users to log in and sign up for third-party apps, games, websites, and services using only their Facebook account.  This is essentially the end result of a set of APIs and the Open Graph protocol created by the social network for third-party developers and users to integrate and share content and communities.

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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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It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Facebook’s social plug-ins. I love them. I love what they do. And I love that they are so easy to implement on just about any blog or website. But the best thing about the Facebook social plug-ins is that they are great at not only connecting you to your website visitors but connecting your website visitors with each other. And one of the best ways to take advantage of this aspect of the Facebook social plug-ins is with the Comments plug-in.

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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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