If you’re not hip to Facebook’s free social plugins – trust me, it’s about time. While they might not all be to your fancy, chances are that at least one of them is, and there’s lots to choose from. If you have a website and a Facebook fan page, you’re a particularly good candidate for using social plugins as they’re the perfect way to get the two connected – that is, to get more people from your website over to your Facebook page, spreading the word and all that good stuff. So whether your goal is getting people to like your site, start a conversation, display photos of your fans, get your fan page connected, or something else – there’s most likely a Facebook social plugin for you. Let’s take a look at three of most useful ones…
For the minimalist: The Like button
Wanna do some website-facebook synchronizing, but without all the glitz and glamor? Try the simple Facebook like button that lets users share pages from your website back to their Facebook profile with one click. To get your like button, enter a URL to like, choose from three different layout options and six different fonts, select the width of your button in pixels, choose a light or dark color scheme and you’ll get your code. Paste the code anywhere on your website where you’d want a like button. Click here to get started making yours.
For the conversation-starter: The Comments Plugin
Looking to start a little conversation on your website? Look no further than the Comments plugin, which allows users to comment on a page on your website – wherever you paste the code. This plugin has all the functionality that a facebook wall has – users can like other users’ comments, or even reply to specific comments in the feed. In addition, if users keep the “post to facebook” box checked, their comment will not only be posted to the page on your website – but also to Facebook as a status update, letting everyone in their news feed know that they commented on your website. Talk about a conversation starter… click here to get started.
For the buzz-creator: The Send Button
Think your page is worth sending to others? The send button automatically opens a send-box with the URL of the page you put it on, so that others can send it to anyone they wish: all their Facebook friends, the wall of a Facebook group, an individual on Facebook, or even to any email address. The message they send will include the URL of your page as well as a title, image and brief description of the link they’re sending. Get the buzz gong – create a send button here.
If you’re looking to get more likes for your fan page, any one of these plugins is a great way to get started!