i took that, and added images:
to post code, you’ll have to use the backtick key (top left key, right under ESC), and convert any < to
lt;so that they don’t get parsed.
Thank you, you did an awesome job. I will start doing it according to your instructions as of tomorrow. Much cleaner, easier to use, and faster. And purtier, too!
@kamel and rain
I visited your blogs and I’m impressed with what you produced. In essence it’s the same product as what drmike’s widget produces. The differences being that with drmike’s widget you simply install it once on your blog and that’s it. Thereafter the icons appear at the end of every post.
I’m not inclined to expend the extra time on each post to go through this “procedure”. IMO there should be a sociable widget developed for wordpress.com MU and until there is one my blogs are remaining au naturelle.
i’ve been inclined to do without as well, but 10% is a lot. and yes. a sociable widget/option/plugin would be much better.
I’m sorry for causing confusion with my awkward phraseology. Let me express this again please. drmike has a plug-in called “Sociable” by Peter Harkins which has been made for exactly this purpose that drmike uses on his own wordpress MU site. The plug-in can be used to automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. I made reference to it in my first post on this thread.
As this plug-in already exists and has been operating on another wordpress MU site I fail to comprehend why it can’t be used here.
ah. yes, i’m familiar with sociable, inasmuchas i stole a few of the icons from them. :D
So, it works here??? *is confused* If that’s the case, I want about six hours of my life back, dammit!!! I thought plugins were off-limits?
Akismet is a plug-in too and we have it here. My point is: a social bookmarking plug-in does exist. It is called called “Sociable” by Peter Harkins. drmike installed it for bloggers on his wordpress MU site which is like a small version of this wordpress MU site. This is why I was surprised to see you and kamel re-inventing the wheel, so to speak.
Until WordPress itself installs it here, though, that is what we have to do. I saw Sociable on Peter’s site, but recognized fairly quickly that I was powerless to use it.
because it’s been 10 months and it hasn’t been installed?
i’m not reinventing the wheel, i’m circumventing the lack of a wheel. that’s all. hence referencing the plugin in my post.
http://www.37signals.com/svn/posts/93-its-the-content-not-the-icons rings true to me.
ben eastaugh nailed it in the comments:
it’s a false causation argument.
not to mention, 10 isn’t a valid sample size for anything.
posting as many icons as possible? that’s bad, true.
posting the relavent ones? it seems to help, and it could be done tastefully.
and i completely agree that technorati is a bad metric for anything.
Again I have to snicker at the idea that quality is the best way to get readership. Sure, sucking isn’t by itself attractive, but there are absolutely no studies whatsoever that indicate that higher quality of content translates into greater popularity. Quite the contrary; all the studies done indicate that it is at best neutral.
I still think that those folks who are going to want to bookmark will have these loaded in their browsers already.
Updated: adding these links (or buttons, I just haven’t gotten that sophisticated yet) does seem to work. My post “Feline Fine” has just been Stumbled and is getting, no word of a lie, two hits per minute. Maybe it was done by someone who had it in their browser, but maybe seeing that link reminded them.
Whatever, I’ll keep doing it. And it’s now taking me less than five minutes per post, since I put the template in Word and can just do search and replace.
RC, I have been reading up on social bookmarking today and I am a little confused. You were kind enough to give me the head’s up in the post you sent me on social bookmarking. In my reading what you suggested as the solution, I followed the links and other threads on this topic. In the process, I see that Dr.Mike has a plug in that seems to have solved the social bookmarking dilema. Please help me understand something. Dr. Mike’s plug in sounds like it will solve the time aggravation with cutting and pasting code, which is not something I find nerve racking. Dr. Mike’s plugin sounds like the best of all social bookmarking worlds. Can you please help me understand what is the difference between Dr. Mike’s seemingly easy fix and the cutting and pasting code ordeal?
DrMike’s plug-in is on his own installation of WordPress, not the wordpress.com hosted sites. We can’t install pug-ins here. That’s the difference.
You Rock Judy. Thanks so much.
Personally, I do have the bookmarklets in my main browser but I still find it useful when there’s an AddThis-type button for social-bookmarking some content (video, blog post, etc.). As raincoaster said, there might be an effect of reminding people about the possibility. But there’s also the fact that some of us must use different computers at different moments during the day. And that those “integrated” buttons are a more intuitive way to bookmark.
We still don’t have the perfect social bookmarking solution, it seems. But if we wait for that, we might never see the benefits of social bookmarking.
Sometimes, WordPress.com’s widget-adoption policy is just not transparent enough.
For the last month or so I have been using Keotags as well as the Add This button. This is because with the Add This button your readers have to complete the url for the blog article being bookmarked but with Keotags the blogger does this in advance http://www.keotag.com/sociable.php
The blogger supplies the url to the article and the title. The html code is then generated and can be readily copied and pasted into the article. Keotags also has tag search and a tag generator. I suggest that you try Keotags and see what you think.
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