layingback blog: All Those Social Network IconsArticle Rating: 5
So of course I now need a 2nd blog entry in order to demonstrate the new dynamic links.
It never ends!
OK, I've a little time to make this into a real entry!
I'd like to draw your attention to the Share this: Social Network site link at the foot of this page. As you'll be aware if you've followed Pro_News development over the past years, I've been building up a list of Social Network site links over time. Yeah, you can use a service for this, but aren't we tracked enough in our daily surfing habits without giving away our information? Or worse, that of our website's visitors?
So I built the set of links up to 70 (currently at Pro_News 3.3 release) but I was a little alarmed to see that some Pro_News sites were displaying all 50+ links on every page. Rather too much IMHO. But what choice do we have? I'd found and starting implementing a tool to display just those Social Network icons that the visitor to the site actually used! This seemed a brilliant - if perhaps a little spooky - way of reducing the clutter. But the day I got the basic code working, the gecko developers finally found a way to prevent it working. C'est la vie. But it was stopped for privacy reasons, so it is probably for the best.
The Share this includes the Tell-a-friend and Printer-friendly_format to save a little more clutter, and can with just a little cut-'n-paste you can include whichever 2 or 3 social network sites that seem most applicable to you. With all the rest appearing - and disappearing - at the click of a mouse. (It seems easy now it's done, but it represents a lot of fiddling work to get the display you see here.)
Currently this new feature is included with the Blog template in my new online Store. I plan to refine it by also incorporating the Comments links, and then I'll look to releasing it more generally.
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