Social plug-ins

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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Back at the F8 Conference in April, Mark Zuckerberg announced the demise of Facebook Connect and the rise of what he called the “social graph.” The social graph is the idea that everything we do should be socially integrated on the web.

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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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