Until now, I had been using the Tweet This! and Share This! plug-ins to encourage sharing of posts, and I’m working on getting the Facebook “Like” button installed, so I might switch my Facebook Connect plug-in, too.
This morning I stumbled across a sharing plug-in that I like a lot more than the other two, and I think it makes for a nicer look. It’s called Sociable, and while it supposedly hasn’t been tested for the latest version of WordPress, it seems to be working well.
I like that it lets me choose from among 99 different sharing sites and methods (including email) in one toolbar, and that you can customize both the heading (so I could call out Twitter, Facebook and E-Mail among the options) and the order of the icons.
Here’s a screen shot of all 99 services (click to enlarge):
The ability to customize your blog with plug-ins like this is one of the main advantages of a self-hosted WordPress blog, as opposed to using WordPress.com. Still, WordPress.com is a great way to get your blog started quickly, and you can use domain mapping on WordPress.com to ensure continuity, so that if you decide later to move to self-hosted (as I did with SMUG), you don’t lose your external links.
If you’re using self-hosted WordPress, you might want to get Sociable too…and use the buttons below to share this post with your friends.