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Adding share/like buttons to blog posts and events

I recently bought event tickets, after my purchase I was offered the option to post the event on my facebook wall. Is this an option we can add for our members after they register for events?

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      • SusanLBSusanLB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Has there been any update on incorporating the share feature into Wild Apricot? You say it's easy to integrate now, but I have no clue how to do that. I'm looking specifically to be able to share an event, particularly for someone to be able to share "I'm going to this event".

      • gfinemangfineman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        AddThis is much more open about how they make money than most of the others mentioned here, but what it does tell us in in section 10 of its terms of service is ominous. It will put a tracking cookie on the end user's computer that tracks all web usage (not just usage of AddThis) and make that information available to its partners (i.e. sell it to spammers).

        800x600 <![endif][if gte mso 9]> <![endif][if gte mso 9]> <![endif][if gte mso 10]> That is, the restrictions on organization may be low, and the cost to the organization is low but the cost to the end user may be very high. The organization has an obligation to tell its customers (members/end-users) about this cost so that they can decide if they want to use the links or not or to avoid the problem all together by not using AddThis. That is, most organizations would not look inside the AddThis code to see what tools it used let alone go the further step of looking at the license to see what the true costs to its members might be.

        Even though it is more work, it is much better to just copy and paste the code links each social media site provides. If Wild Apricot adds this service, they should take the long cut and do it right by doing their own links to social network sites.

      • ranman1ranman1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        WordPress has a plugin that makes social media integration really easy an automatic, from http://letusbuzz.com/tweet-share-like-plusone/

        It is super easy - automatically appears on the post. This sort of thing would be great for our sites, particularly for the blog and event tools and perhaps forums.

        I think on static pages that is fine, for me, to figure out how to add code, but for blog, forum and events, I think an automatic system like this would be invaluable.

      • Richard GaspaRichard Gaspa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Now you're talking. Love it! I would like to see the share button on events, blog and in the discussion board area.

        Please tell me that someone in your office is working on bringing the WA discussion board up to power with the other discussion boards available on the net. Please!!!

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sima, just to clarify, you can integrate social media into Wild Apricot pretty easily right now - just like into any other website, by copy-pasting the code provided by social media sites. This thread is to figure out if there is anything more that should be added on Wild Apricot side so I would love to hear more ideas/details.

      • admin@simaspace.comadmin@simaspace.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to re-iterate Pams position and state that the ability to integrate social media icons/links is a necessity these days and should go beyond a "wish list". Managing a business without the use of online social media in unheard of in 2011. I look forward to seeing more updates regarding the development of this feature.

        Thank you.

        Sima

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Pam,

        We definitely understand the need and importance of this. All that we are trying to do in this thread is 1) collect more details on what exactly is needed and 2) gauge relative priority relative to several hundred other items on our wishlist.

        Quite appreciate your input.

      • Pam TerryPam Terry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It seems obvious that having social media icons added to our events, blog, member profile pages, emails, etc. is a priority. I don't understand why you need to see a certain number of comments in a forum in order to make this a priority.First of all, the ease of use of social media icons is the way to go - not apply code - that is messy and can be extremely problematic.Constant contact has it so that you simply check a box if you want the 4 major social media icons added to your emails. When you check yes, you get buttons for sharing on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a link to somewhere where you can post in a million places.That's what we need - a check box to add them onto our events, webpages, blogs, member profile pages, etc.Additionally, you could survey your customers about the importance of having social media instead of having the topic buried in a community forum. Anyway, just saying.I'm sorry I am very dependent on social media to get the word out and am shocked that this is not already a priority. It's just wrong. Ok, I have said my piece. thanks.

      • Bill KrisherBill Krisher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        lk,

        Sorry for not responding sooner but I had issues with logging into the forum while using Firefox browser!

        I pasted the code for AddThis into the html box, after placing the curser in the location that I wanted it.

        Hope that helps.

        Bill Krisher

        www.aesnys.com

      • LksLks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dmitry,

        Having the availability for our visitors and members to share our mission, events and post would greatly enhance out WA site. I switched from a Wordpress site and although I love the functionality of WA, it is missing some key elements like Social media integration and the fully functioning auto-respsonder (which I hope is coming soon!).

        Anytime line on getting this implemented or easy answers to utilizing Social Media sharing from our visitors and also pulling in content that is shared on social media sites?

        In gratitude,

        lks

      • LksLks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Poetic Apricot (Matthieu)!

        Thanks for sharing but I am confused... was this in addition to another post so this isn't all of the code? I put this in as you suggested and I don't see any changes anywhere. Can you help a newbie out with a little more info?

        Thanks!

        Lks

      • LksLks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello Bill Krisher,

        Thanks for sharing this idea. Can you tell me where I need to put the code generated by "AddThis" for it to show up at the top of each page? Is it in the html on each page? Is it in the css? Obviously I am not code savy and need some direction :)

        Thanks for you help!

        lk

      • MatthieuMatthieu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi,

        I've whipped up the following customization to automatically add a Facebook share button you your blog posts. To use it, simply copy and paste the following into your Settings > Global Javascript section:

        <script>
        try {

        document.getElementById('idBlogBackContainer').innerHTML = document.getElementById('idBlogBackContainer').innerHTML + '| <a name="fb_share" type="button_count" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share this post</a>';

        WebSiteName = document.title.substring(0, document.title.lastIndexOf("-"));
        BlogPostTitle = document.getElementsByClassName('boxHeaderTitle')[0].innerHTML.replace(/^\s\s*/, '').replace(/\s\s*$/, '');
        NewTitle = WebSiteName + " | " + BlogPostTitle
        document.title = NewTitle;

        } catch (err) {}
        </script>

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        David,

        we are monitoring this thread and will prioritize it higher up as it gets more comments.

        Re your idea - it is cool but unfortunately not really feasible because if we redirect our resources to one features because we get a bit of cash for this, this means we are slowing down development of other things needed and requested by many other clients which would harm us long-term.

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