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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Simulating the Sociable Wordpress Plugin under the Blogger Platform

Things have been going well here at FixGadgets. I've been getting this blog off the ground and in the process business has picked up as well. When I decided to setup this technology and gadget related blog I did a little research into the different platforms available (Blogger, Wordpress, TypePad, TextPattern, ...). I decided that I would initially use Blogger and see where it went before getting more involved.

The only problem with Blogger is that out of the box, it doesn't has as many features as compared the other competitors. One of the biggest things you'll notice on blogs is the ability to use social bookmarking services through small icons or lists included at the bottom of every post. While you can modify the Blogger template, for people without programming experience it might be difficult to do this manually.

I did get around to implementing social bookmarking (it only took 5 minutes) into the Blogger template as you can see at the bottom of this post. Kiltak from GeeksAreSexy (GAS) emailed me not too long ago wondering how I implemented this great feature into Blogger. I thought it was great that other people were interested in modding their Blogger setup. I happily handed over the code to Kiltak and within minutes he too had it up and running on his blog.

Now, Kiltak has even posted the code and a tutorial for everyone to use on his blog (here). I think this is great and should expand the capabilities of everyone's blog. My only question is, why hasn't the Blogger development team implemented this as a feature?

Until the developers at Blogger start to update it with new features, you can check back here to get the latest tools and features that I've implemented. I'd like to thank Kiltak for implementing and organizing the Blogger Social Bookmark mod. Happy Blogging!


  • At 6/20/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger Kiltak said…

    I even mailed the official Blogger Blog with the tip last week, and haven't got an awnser from them yet.. I guess they just don't care.

  • At 6/20/2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Evan Spiegel said…

    The blogger platform is ultimately doomed. Since its affiliated with google though people assume that its the best out there.

    So much for assuming that google does things well.

    Did you hear about Google's Bad Push Data error that was reported on Digg. Apparently someone found a loophole in the engine and was able to get their site index many MANY times over.

    Can we say that Google is slated for the same bust that the rest of the dot-com industry went through not to long ago.

    I've even begun to switch the ads from Adsense to Yahoo and AdBrite.

  • At 6/21/2006 1:26 PM, Blogger Kiltak said…

    Many time over? wasn't it millions of times? :)

    How are you ads result from both of these companies? Isn't it prohibited to display these ads when you are using adsense?

    Btw, unfortunately, the tutorial i wrote to integrate the code wasn't very popular.. you probably didn't reveive more then 10 hits from me.. am I right?

  • At 6/21/2006 2:17 PM, Blogger Evan Spiegel said…

    The ads are working well. I have done away with AdSense completely and now I use a combination of amazon affiliates, yahoo, and AdBrite.

    Amazon is good for linking to stuff I'm blogging about.

    The Yahoo ads works very well, matching what my posts are about pretty efficiently.

    The AdBrite ads are all over the place, half the time the ads are for credit cards or genital enhancement drugs. I think these might have to go.

    I got some good response from the sociable article you wrote. I also took it upon myself to digg it but that only brought a limited crowd. I tried submitting it via email to blogger as well but I haven't heard anything back.

    The article itself is good content so I'm sure it will be useful for several people. I guess we've got to give it some time, let it marinade.

  • At 6/03/2009 9:29 AM, Blogger Grant Hammond said…

    Are there any updates to this code?

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