GetSocialLive: Customization, Toolbars, Buttons
by Guest Author Hillel Stoler
Hi there onecoolsitebloggingtips readers! My name is Hillel Stoler, I’m a mechanical engineer and a business technology consultant from Tel-Aviv. I’m also the creator of GetSocial and GetSocial Live – free social bookmarking applications for WordPress.com blogs.
Two years ago, when I published the first version of GetSocial, timethief was the first to blog about it. Today, I’m delighted to have this guest post about the future of GetSocial published in her blog.
Where we are
When I was laying down the design for the first version of GetSocial I had to make a tough decision concerning the correct balance between functionality and usability. GetSocial started as a desktop application, and I wanted it to be as simple and straight forward as possible.
Making a website is nothing like making a desktop application, and while GetSocial Live gains in popularity, the old interface is rapidly becoming obsolete. In the two years GetSocial was around, the social bookmarking world itself has changed greatly. Some networks were shutdown (Magnolia, furl) and new players emerged. There has also been a shift from social bookmarking services (such as Digg and StumbleUpon) to social networks (like Facebook) and micro blogging services (Twitter, Google Buzz).
Where we’re headed
My future work on GetSocial Live is going to be focused on three fields: Customization, Features, and Graphics. One of the things I would like to do is separate GetSocial Live into sections, where you’ll be able to perform customizations, generate toolbars and create single buttons.
In the next versions of GetSocial Live you’ll be able to choose which networks will be included in your toolbar, select the order of appearance and set HTML properties such as alignment. Since I don’t like logins and passwords (which will also slow down the process) I will create a linking system that will allow you to configure your toolbar once and then bookmark the result. When you’ll want to generate another toolbar you’ll be able to go directly to your pre-configured GetSocial Live page.
Once users are allowed to choose the buttons they want, I’ll be able to add more options to choose from (new networks, 3rd party services). In addition to social services, we’ll be seeing more general functionality such as ’email a friend’ and ‘save as PDF’ buttons. There are many great services out there, many of which are currently unavailable for WordPress.com users. I would like to change that!
A few days ago I’ve added the new ‘Facebook Like’ button to GetSocial Live. You’ll notice that it’s based on a php minisite that handles the scripts outside of your blog. Hopefully, this is the first in a series of off-site functionality.
I personally love the current look of the GetSocial buttons (well, I’ve made them myself after all), but I’m not a graphic designer, and cannot compete with professional designs. Besides, I would really like to see some fresh graphics!
I’m still considering the use of freeware designs, but maybe I’ll just throw a design contest and make the wining graphics available to GetSocial Live users. In order to maximize theme compatibility I require that all new designs will have transparent alpha channel backgrounds. If you want to see your design on GetSocial Live, contact me!
Where we’ll be soon
In the near future I intend to add two new toolbars to GetSocial Live. The first is a four functions widget featuring ‘Add to Favorites’ , ‘Email to a Friend’ , ‘Printer Friendly Version’ and ‘Save as PDF’, and the second is a Facebook/Twitter button. Here are some early graphics for the new toolbars:
I would like to take this opportunity and remind you that I’m always looking forward to your feedback. I’ve recently added a Kampyle feedback system to GetSocial Live, so feel free to use it! Also, please keep in mind that GetSocial is a donationware and depends on your donations to remain alive and free.
Related posts found in this blog:
Facebook ‘like’ button for WordPress.com
Social Bookmarks for WordPress.com Blogs
Importing wordpress.com post snippets into a Facebook fan page
Add getsociallive Bookmarks to WordPress.com blog posts
GetSocial Live Bookmarking
GetSocial for WordPress.com bloggers