It’s getting easier and easier to add those nifty social features that make it easy for anyone to Tweet a post, grab your RSS feeds, visit your Facebook page, and all the other features that supplement a bulk-standard blog.
Wibiya is a service that allows you to add all this functionality to a toolbar at the foot of your blog within minutes. Literally minutes.
I run WordPress and the steps were this simple:
- Setup an account on Wibiya
- Choose your theme
- Choose which applications you want on your toolbar
- Download the WordPress plugin
- Upload the WordPress plugin to your blog
- Activate the plugin and enter the ID in the settings (under ‘Appearance’)
- View your blog to see the new features you’ve now added!
At this stage, you can go back to Wibiya and change the theme or add any new features as necessary. You can see it in action at the foot of this blog.
One big advantage of using a toolbar like this is that if you relegate these elements to this footer toolbar, you can save some real estate on your navigation: all those links to the RSS feed, Twitter, and other services can be dropped (I’ll keep mine for the time being).
One thing that would be nice to see is some kind of API so that the applications listed on the bar could come from popular services such as ShareThis or potentially Disqus. It will be interesting to see how this service develops…
(BTW, I should point out that Wibiya is not a new service in 2010 – however it is a new feature on CagedEther