When most people talk about WordPress plugins and social media, they tend to focus almost entirely on getting people to bookmark their content. But what if you want them to follow your social media profile? If you are only interested in Facebook and Twitter, then you are in luck, because there are a lot to choose from. But what if you want to include broader range of options for your visitors? Here is a quick look at two of the most elite social networking WordPress plugins that are readily available for free.
1. Follow Me Social Media WordPress Plugin
This plugin is now in it’s 3rd version and is more powerful than ever, plus it looks fantastic. The setup process is extraordinarily simple. All you need to do is activate the plugin, insert the URL of your profile pages, and that’s it. From there, all you need to do is add a widget to your sidebar and customize the look and feel to fit your needs. It includes all of the most popular social sites as well as some unique additions as well, such as Flickr, SlideShare, Skype, GoodReads, Tagged, and others.
SocialGrid is another excellent option that will help people connect with your social media profiles. It is a very lightweight plugin. It was first created for the Tasty Theme, but has since evolved into a completely independent plugin that anyone can use. One of the unique aspects to this plugin is that setting up your profile links is simple. All you have to do is add your profile name and let the plugin do the rest. It currently supports nearly 30 social sites including your standard options like Digg, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and YouTube. It also has some lesser seen options such as Posterous, Qik, FriendFeed, BrightKite, and deviantART.
If you want to a little more personal flare, then check out the About ME 3000 Widget. It is a mix between a e-business card and a social profile plugin. You can add your email, short description, and even your own gravatar. Plus, you can link it to a variety of social profiles such as Facebook, FriendFeed, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube, Tumblr, and several others.
Getting people to bookmark your content is great, but getting them to connect with you outside your website can be even more beneficial. Not only does it give you a way to contact them whenever you add new content to your blog, but you can also interact with them in a much more personal setting. The two most advanced free plugins are the Follow Me Social Media WordPress Plugin and SocialGrid, however if you want to add a little more personal information then About ME 3000 is another option that is worth a look.