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5 WordPress Plugins to Help Connect the Dots

There’s nothing like a bit of blog housekeeping.  Beats the domestic sort anyway ;-)

Here are some plugins that help do a bit of joining up, within your site, and to other social media.

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1. A Facebook ‘like’ button on each post

There are a number of different plugins that let you do this.  This is the one that I’m using.  I don’t know if it’s any better than the others out there, just that it works which is good enough for me.  It’s called simply “Like”

You can get it here: Like Plugin

2. Link within

This shows a thumbnail image of 3 linked / associated articles from your blog at the foot of a post.  I’ve seen it on various other sites and think it looks really appealing - more enticing than just a link somehow.  It’s not a plugin as such - you simply activate the service by going to the Link Within site and adding your details.

3. Twitter on the side

Again, this is something I’ve seen elsewhere: it provides a ‘follow me’ sliding button on the side of your site.  Sometimes it’s less than totally easy to find someone’s twitter details from a site.  It’s hard to miss this one!

It’s called Follow Me.

4. Twitter ID with your comments

This gives a little box at the bottom of your comment where you can add your twitter ID.  If you add in your details (no @ just your handle eg joannapaterson) it will then add your ID to the comment, making it easy for others to find and follow you on twitter. (It also adds it to all your comments on the site.)

I probably need to adjust the settings a bit though as only a few of you have spotted it so far without me telling you.

The plugin is here: Twitter Link Comments

5. Twitter style @ reply in the comment box

I am really enamoured with this one.

Maybe it’s because I’m such a fan of twitter.

Maybe it’s because I’m not such a huge fan of threaded comments… I feel like I’m going to get lost in the thread.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been looking for something that will help me get back into a better practice of replying speedily to your comments.

I’m experimenting with keeping an eye on comments from the back of the blog with Better Comments Manager and replying from the front, using this @ reply function.

All you do is click on the arrow to generate a reply.  A link to the comment is then built into your reply.

Your reply doesn’t come immediately afterwards a la threaded comments, it comes at the end, but with the link built in it’s easy to dot back to the original comment.  And it saves a micro-second or two of name typing!

If you’d like to add it to your own site it’s called @ reply

To see how this and the other plugins look in action do pop over to the blog :-)

Have you found any plugins recently that help you connect the social media dots?

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7 Responses to “5 WordPress Plugins to Help Connect the Dots”

  1. On October 21, 2010 at 9:55 am Jan Scott Nelson
    Twitter: JanScottNelson
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    Bloomin’ mine of information, that’s you, Joanna! And generous, SO generous. Thank you :) x
    Jan Scott Nelson´s last blog ..New eyesMy ComLuv Profile

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  2. On October 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm HeatherO
    Twitter: HeatherO
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    Great post Joanna!
    I like Disqus for commenting. Those w/an account don’t have to re-enter info, and it allows them (and me) to ‘tweet’ their comment w/a link back to the post ;)
    HeatherO´s last blog ..Charisma- Learn How to Find Yours…From a BeagleMy ComLuv Profile

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  3. On October 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach responded with... #

    Love the concept of a Facebook LIKE thingee for a post! Must consider adding that to my site too - thanks for the idea!
    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog ..Why I would NEVER use Kajabi…and why I’m telling MY customers the same thingMy ComLuv Profile

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  4. On October 22, 2010 at 11:07 am Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
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    @Jan Scott Nelson: I try!

    @HeatherO: I have looked into Disqus before, and did so again this time when the tweetcatcher thing disappeared… maybe I’m just being overly cautious, I’ve just found comment sections on blogs that run it a bit overwhelming. But the main example I know is Chris Brogan’s blog, where there are no doubt a *lot* of comments ;-)

    @Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach: a simple and effective idea, once it’s there you don’t need to do anything else = more time for tea (and sleep!)

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  5. On October 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm Ruzie responded with... #

    I like the Twitter Link Comment. Most people has twitter, so we don’t have to sign-up yet once again for another separate site like Disqus… Great post!

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  6. On October 31, 2010 at 7:28 am Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
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    @Ruzie: I like the simplicity of that one too - and the ability to connect up with readers. Thanks for chipping in.

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