I admit to still being less than enthusiastic about Facebook. Yes, it's nice to keep up with family and friends, and yes, I use the Facebook Scrabble app every day, but..
Well, you know what follows the "but". I'm a crusty and grumpy old dinosaur and all this "social media" stuff ticks me off (see 13.2 Reasons I don't like Social Media).
But (yes, another "but"), although Digg and Stumble Upon make me spit in disgust, I have to admit to liking Twitter a lot and (gulp) I'm warming a bit toward Facebook. Ayup, it's true: I like Twitter and harbor only the faintest bit of remaining dislike for Facebook!
With that glowing feeling of fading resentment warming the cockles of my heart, I decided to add Twitter Tweet and Facebook "Like" buttons to pages here. Well, I decided to TRY that. I'll add them to a few of the newest pages and we'll see how I feel about it in a few weeks.
Adding the Twitter code is easy. You pop over to Twitter Tweet Buttons, configure how you want the button to look and pick up your code. Simple. I like simple.
Facebook has other bits of code related to this. You can add an "Activity Stream", a "Recommended" section and even "Chat". You could also use Facebook Comments, but I'm a long, long way from wanting to do any of those things.
You could manually add that to every page, but of course it's easier to do it programmatically. If you are using Wordpress, you'll find everything you need at their Plug in Directory.
So, there it is. You can see the new buttons below (Nope - I moved to Addthis later. If you click on "Tweet", it does what you think, and clicking "Like" generates a "Whoseamagiggy likes.." on your Facebook. Basically (assuming you have a Twitter and/or Facebook account), this stuff is just an easy way to tell other folks they might want to read something you read.
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