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The other day it came to my attention that there are so many beautiful social bookmark icon sets around but no blog seems to use them. Now, that has to do a lot with the fact that many publishing platforms require a certain amount of programming knowledge in order to personalize the sharing buttons.
It would be really great to have some kind of plugin, that let’s you just add your own buttons, I bet that would increase the creativity of the social bookmarking designs found in blogs.
During my search for some examples of designs, I found this set that I thought, shows some nice ways of engaging the reader to share the post or bookmark it. Although the opinions about in which way the user should be engaged to share a post at all might differ (some blogs don’t offer any social bookmarking options), I think that it is ultimately a very important tool for any blog.
Before I start with the collection, I would like to share one more thing with all of you that use the Digg Digg Plugin for the integration of the TweetMeme Button. It took my some time to find out, why the retweet would contain @tweetmeme instead of our Twitter name “codrops”. Ultimately I found the solution: in the settings we chose the “Integration Type” to be “none” because we called the PHP function manually. Even if you put your TweetMeme source RT name, this will cause the retweet to contain the @tweetmeme instead of your name. (I actually don’t know if that issue is fixed by now, I just noticed that a lot of blogs seem to have that problem.)
And here comes the collection! Enjoy!
Although we are stuck to the designs and “identities” of the sharing buttons, we can make the them interesting by surrounding the buttons with some nice design. This is a good example of how to do it.
I like the approach of integrating the social bookmarking options as part of the post, like the comment section. It looks clean and it gives the sharing buttons a functional appearance.
And that’s it!
These were the designs that I found nicely fitting to their blog styles. Although I am not terribly excited about the level of creativity used, I understand why it is so hard to adapt this very crucial part of a post to our design needs.
What do you think? Is it important to bring some attention on the social bookmarking option in a blog? Would you as well like to have some more freedom in adapting the style of sharing buttons? Or do you think it should not be obtrusive in any way? Have you seen some interesting sharing button styles that you would like to add to this list?
I hope you liked it and got inspired!
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