Socialize Me is a new WordPress plugin created by Wayne Smallman that lets your readers connect to you easily. Socialize Me detects the referring page, and if it finds that the referring page is from a social network, such as Twitter, it’ll display a link to your profile on that network.
The Socialize Me plugin is similar to the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin, in the sense that it displays a message only to certain users. The What Would Seth Godin Do plugin shows all new visitors a message usually containing your RSS feed link, while the Socialize Me plugin shows a link to your profile at the network that user participates in. Socialize Me is a great way to get your readers to keep coming back, by connecting with you on a social network you both participate in.
Socialize Me doesn’t just link people to social networks like Facebook or MySpace, but also services you wouldn’t always consider social networks. Socialize Me supports Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Mashable, MyBlogLog, Technorati, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and many more places where you can connect to your readers.
Does Socialize Me sound good to you? Ready to install it? Let’s go! Before we get started, make sure you have hosted WordPress 2.3 or later installed, and FTP access. First you’ll have to download the plugin from blahblahtech.com, upload it to /wp-content/plugins/ and click Activate on the plugins page in your WordPress administration panel. Then hop over to the “Socialize Me!” tab under options (WP-Admin -> Options -> Socialize Me!). Fill in your user IDs or usernames (not full urls), then save. Lastly, you’ll have to open up single.php in your theme folder (/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/single.php) and insert:
<?php echo oil_sm_DisplaySocialBox(); ?>
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>
Wayne, the author of the plugin, has a few features he hopes to implement in future releases, including support for multi-author blogs, a better way of styling and positioning, direct messaging on these services, and support for more services as they become popular.
This post was written by Chris Thomson, a young podcaster and blogger. Visit his blog at Chris24.ca