Getting people to share stuff, especially via social media channels, is always a challenge. I’ve tried various WordPress plugins and sharing buttons for my blog, but never been really happy with how most operated; typically, most required being at the bottom of my content and/or I didn’t get to pick the specific channels featured. So, sharing buttons that were hidden at the bottom of a post and then had too many options have always been a sort of annoyance for me…and, I’m guessing, probably for blog readers.
Enter a new player: Flare by Filament. It’s a slick sharing interface, highly customizable, and it has a fixed position on the page. When a reader scrolls up or down, the sharing widget doesn’t move. Here’s what it looks like (and, of course, you can see it on any blog posts here):
What does this mean to me, Laura?
- It’s available for WordPress, Tumblr and static HTML installations. With a little tweaking, I’d bet that other CMSs (e.g, Drupal, Joomla et al) could probably use this, also. It’s basically an embedded code snippet that talks to your (free) Flare account.
- That purple “flare” button, at the bottom? You need a Pro account to remove that. The Pro account also adds some branding. I’ll think about it.
- You can set the position of the widget. Flare actually has a pretty slick, no-tech-required interface for customizing the location, which services to connect to, and other features.
- When I installed this to my WordPress blog, Flare automatically figured out what different kinds of content I had and offered me the choice to only have the widget appear on certain content types.
Here’s one screenshot from the configuration interface:
Is this something you would consider? Post below and tell me what you think of the new widget…please?