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WordPress Plugin: Socialize Me!

Making the most of Social Media & Social Networking is the goal of just about every ‘blogger. Imagine if you could reach out to all those visitors from StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious et cetera, right from your articles…

Making the most of Social Media & Social Networking is the goal of just about every ‘blogger. Imagine if you could reach out to all those visitors from StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious et cetera, right from your articles…

an image of the Socialize Me! logo, a Plugin for WordPress

Socialize Me! now works with WordPress 2.7.x and 2.8.x.

Socializing your ‘blog

Converting the traffic to your ‘blog is only part of the challenge. Other than your ‘blog feed, how else do you connect with those visitors?

Simply hoping that they’ll click on one or maybe two of your social profiles is more haphazard than hopeful.

Imagine one of your articles has been submitted to StumbleUpon. You’re getting a steady stream of visitors to your ‘blog. You could really connect with some of these guys — if you knew who they were.

Well here’s the thing, with Socialize Me! those visitors to your ‘blog will see a simple message when they arrive: “Hi, thanks for the visit! Wayne’s on StumbleUpon, too!” with a link to your profile.

With the Socialize Me! Plugin for WordPress you can connect with people on services like: StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Delicious, Pownce, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace and many, many more.

All you do is add in your profiles and usernames and let my Socialize Me! Plugin do the rest. It’s that simple.

For a working demonstration pay a visit to the Review on StumbleUpon for this article and then click the title link back to this ‘blog.

Installing & Configuring the Socialize Me! Plugin for WordPress

Requirements: a hosted version of WordPress 2.3 or above and FTP access.

Installation: if you’re a seasoned ‘blogger, then the installation is very easy — just download the Socialize Me! Plugin, uncompress the file (if your system doesn’t do that for you) and upload the file into the Plugins folder on your server.

For those who’re new or less familiar with WordPress, a Plugin installation guide for WordPress might be what you’re looking for.

Configuration:

  1. Pay a visit to your WordPress account and sign-in to your Dashboard.
  2. Click on the Options tab.
  3. Click on the “Socialize Me!” tab on the sub-menu.
  4. Enter your usernames, IDs and profiles into the relevant fields.
  5. Add the code into your “single.php” page (see figure 1, or click here for the code) — you’re free to place the code where you like!

an image of some code for the Socialize Me! WordPress Plugin

Figure 1 — code sample placed below the page header.

I’ve added a supporting CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) to allow you to customize the Plugin however you see fit.

Known Issues: there’s an issue with the chevron background images not showing up in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 & 7, which is being investigated.

Support

If you have any questions about this Plugin, you can post your comments on the Socialize Me! Discussion Board over on the official ‘blog Facebook Page.

Future developments

  1. Support for multi-author ‘blogs.
  2. A flexible set of options for styling and positioning the reminder object.
  3. Convert the code from procedural to Object-Oriented PHP.
  4. Possible support for direct messaging to certain services (such as Facebook or StumbleUpon, for example).
  5. Support for more services, as they become more popular, or are suggested by you!

A plea from the author

I really hope you find this Plugin useful. I also hope it spurs those of you with the requisite PHP skills to maybe take things a step further.

What would be really appreciated is if we could share the efforts and try to make Socialize Me! a really good Plugin for everyone to enjoy.

So with that in mind, with the spirit of Open Source in mind, all I ask is that if you do something novel with the Plugin, let me know and we can all then benefit from your ideas.

Then everyone who chooses to contribute gets the mention they deserve and we don’t confuse everyone with competing versions of the same Plugin.

Copyright 1999-2008 Wayne Smallman, Octane Interactive Limited. Socialize Me! is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL)

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

99 replies on “WordPress Plugin: Socialize Me!”

Superb idea Wayne! This would help one to expand their social circle and get to know more like minded people!

I had thought about something on these lines just for SU, but I dont have much knowledge about php so couldnt do much. But, you just hit the nail in the head!

Wonderful plugin, cant say enough! 🙂

Socialize Me! WordPress Plugin connects you to your readers…

The Socialize Me! WordPress plugin aims to connect you and your readers together over various social platforms. This may be a good idea for some, but I’m in the camp where I don’t usually add strangers to my friends list.
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I must be stupid because I’ve installed a lot of plugins in my day and I can’t get it to do anything. It’s activated and several profile names are configured under Options. Viewing the resulting page source shows nothing of interest.

WordPress Plugin: Socialize Me!…

Making the most of Social Media & Social Networking is the goal of just about every ‘blogger. Imagine if you could reach out to all those visitors from StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious et cetera, right from your articles……

Great Idea Wayne, but I yet to see it materialize on my blog:(

It’s not really working, I installed like I usually do with other plugins….and then added that code to the end of “Single Post” file…didn’t find single.php…am I doing it right??

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Imagine if you could complete the social media/networking circle by identifying and connecting with everyone that reaches your blog via a social website on that same network? A new Plug-in gives social traffic a call to action conversion every time…

Socialize Me Social Media Connector…

Blah Blah tech has created a great wordpress plugin that lets you connect with users of other social networks. Most online marketers are members of multiple online content sharing networks and tend to read a lot of SEO blogs. Using the Socialize Me plu…

Great plugin! I might suggest one cosmetic change ..

Hi user, thanks for the visit!

When echoing the message to the social media visitor it is a little more specific. /dunno

Hmm well your code tag isn’t working but if you place “echo $value[‘tag’];” between the ‘hi’ and the ‘user’ it might read a little better

Hi Ryan — I’m not quite sure what you mean, but I’m assuming you mean I echo out the name of the visitor. Thing is, there’s no way for me to know that.

Also, the code for the name part is working fine. That’s not an issue anyone else has reported.

You’ll need to explain to me what it is that you’re trying to do.

Speak soon…

Hi Ryan, I still don’t follow you. There’s no mention of either: “Hi” or: “User” anywhere in the comments code, which I’m looking at right now.

Incidentally, if there’s any issue with the code, then it’s a WordPress thing — I’ve never touched the comments script.

Help me out here, fella…

I recently upgraded my WordPress two 2.3.3 and I came to know about this Plugin, nothing happened, followed exact process, did everything correctly but nothing happened. I don’t what is wrong? and Facebook discussion? I’m not a member of Facebook. Hope you’ll give some idea on it.

Hi! Did you go to a StumbleUpon or Digg article for one of your articles?

That’s the top oversight people make when using the Socialize Me! Plugin — you have to come from somewhere else to see it working…

I usually happen to visit DIGG and Stumbleupon a lot, I just checked and it’s not working again.

I’ve tried putting the code in widget and by default it can execute PHP commands(PHP-EXEC plugin). I tried also on header.php. Seems like something is wrong with mine.

This is the first WordPress plugin I’m having problem with?

This plugin is a great idea. Best i’ve heard in a while. unfortunately i cant tell if this is working in my blog. Would anyone mind dropping a quick comment or what have you on my site or my social sites? Thanks in advance!

~Johnnybones23
p.s. i’m Johnnybones23 on most social bookmarking sites 😀

Thanks a bunch for the guidance Wayne! This is a total web 2.0 gadget that will get utilized in many different ways and is certain to take on new forms in the years to come. Your idea encapsulates a very powerful meme. Good work, i’ll be sure to check back for the newest stuff!
Cheers!
~Johnnybones

Hi guys and thanks for using my Plugin!

Hi Christopher, I’ve been working on some updates to the Plugin (trying to make it multi-author aware), which seem to have disabled it under certain circumstances.

I’ve removed the offending code and it’s now working.

As for the bugs, there are none with the current version available for download.

Speak soon…

My name is Leandro and I’m one of the representants of SEO Master portal here in Brazil.

Based on the topic of this post, I want to show you the new service that we are offering now: it’s called SoBoo.

SoBoo is a Social Bookmark button that allow the visitors to share your site/blog’s content on the Internet.

We hava WordPress and Blogger plugins, lots of designs and show the click and bookmark statistics to the webmasters or administrators.

To see more about, visit our website.

Thanks,
Leandro Feijó.

Love the plugin – Great work!

I’m using a very simple theme on my blog, so I don’t have a ‘singlePost.php’ file.

With a simple conditional I it now works on any page of my blog (including the homepage):


if (function_exists('oil_sm_Display')) {
if(!$firstpass){
echo oil_sm_Display();
$firstpass=true;
}
}

Thanks again,

Matt

Matthew, thanks for sharing.

I’ve been trying to develop a multi-author version of Socialize Me! but the function support in WordPress is actually quite poor.

Maybe in the future…

Dan, Ankara you have to follow the instructions fully, including the example I’ve provided.

Trust me, the Plugin works fine. There’s something like a thousand blogs out there using Socialize Me! just fine…

I tried putting it in the sidebar and nothing happens. Yes I followed the directions. Also when I configured my account names on those social services it says it saves but then they don’t appear when I return to that configuration page. I just upgraded to wp2.7 yesterday could that be the problem.

I think I need to do more around social media traffic and this kind of functionality is exactly what I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, thanks Wayne, I’ll give it a go and see how I get on!

Cheers!

Very handy and flexible plug-in that I already run on my blog with some slight modifications. I have some ideas and may contribute some php code in the future. (unfortunately our time is never enough) 🙁

Cheers.
Keep the good work.

Hi Bijeeta, unfortunately not.

Because of the way WordPress handles user profiles, there’s no way for my Plugin to resolve each user individually.

I did look into this, but WordPress doesn’t support that kind of thing.

I use Socialize Me and it works pretty well. Just wanted to extend my thanks. I have had issues before where I thought it was conflicting with another plugin, but the other developer has always resolved it, so I guess it was there work, not yours.. either that or they realize that you plugin is so popular that they’d better just make theirs compatible with your 🙂 Either way, it’s always worked out in my favor.. thanks.

Will it work for WordPress Mu?

Sadly no. WordPress (and by extension, WordPress Mu) doesn’t have a particularly smart way of managing user details, so there’s no sensible way to tell one author from another.

I’m hoping this will change in WordPress 3, which is due out soon.

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