Follow me, Like me and Share me

We take a quick look at some of the follow, like, and share buttons appearing on web sites to see how they differ from one another. Specifically we compared follows, likes, and shares for the social media sites Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yammer. All links and buttons appearing in this blog are live so you can click on them to see them in action. We went through this exercise to see how we might improve the fluxgain Like button for salesforce chatter going forward and thought sharing this page on the web might be useful for people starting to look at these buttons in a bit more detail.

Facebook

Facebook Social Plugins provides a number of web widgets in addition to the simple buttons including embedding posts and facepile. By using facepile, pictures of facebooks users who have liked a web page can be displayed on the page.

The counts for likes and share appear to be linked, so a share with cause the like count to increase by one.

Follow me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to follow either a company or individual using their respective facebook url i.e. http://www.facebook.com/fluxgain. Optionally the follow count can be displayed next to the button.

Like me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to like the current web page. Optionally the like count can be displayed next to the button.

To view your likes in facebook click on "Your Name" i.e. Mark Sivill then click "Activity Log" then click "Likes"

Share me - method 1

Share on Facebook

Here a carefully crafted url which includes the web page to be shared (in urlencoded form) is used. This is the same method that services such that addthis and sharethis use to share web pages in facebook. As the share is a carefully crafted url it can also be used with custom images. Once the button is clicked there is an option to save it publicly or privately.

Share me - method 2

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to only share the current web page privately.

Google

Google Plugins provides a number of web widgets in addition to the simple buttons including embedding posts and badges. Badges allow single click follows.

The counts for plus one and share appear to be linked, so a share with cause the plus one count to increase by one and vice versa.

Follow me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to follow either a company or individual. Optionally the follow count can be displayed next to the button.

Like me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to plus one (a lightweight endorsement) the current web page. Optionally the plus one count can be displayed next to the button. Likes can be private (using Circles) or public.

Share me - method 1

Share on Google

Here is another carefully crafted url which includes the shared web page (in urlencoded form). The link can be used with a custom image.

Share me - method 2

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to share the current web page. Optionally the share count can be displayed next to the button. Shares can be private (using Circles) or public.

Linkedin

Linkedin plugins provides a number of web widgets in addition to the simple buttons including "Apply with Linkedin" and "Jobs You May be Interested In" which allows jobs to be viewed and applied for.

Follow me - company

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to follow a company. Optionally the follow count can be displayed next to the button.

Follow me - indirectly via "Member Profile"

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to view an individuals "member profile", which can then be followed.

Like me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to recommend your company's product that has been predefined within Linkedin. Optionally the recommend count can be displayed next to the button.

Share me - method 1

Share on LinkedIn From LinkedIn developer another carefully crafted url using the current web page.

Share me - method 2

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to share the current web page. Optionally the share count can be displayed next to the button.

Twitter

Twitter buttons provides a small number of simple buttons called "Share a link", "Follow", "Hashtag" and "Mention"

Follow me

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to follow either a company or individual using their respective twitter url i.e. https://twitter.com/fluxgain. Optionally the follow count can be displayed next to the button.

Like me

There is no concept of a like button within Twitter.

Share me - method 1

Share on Twitter

From Tweet Button another carefully crafted url using the current page.

Share me - method 2

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to share the current web page. Optionally the share count can be displayed next to the button.

Yammer

Yammer Embed provides a number of web widgets in addition to the simple buttons including embedding feeds.

Follow me

** Update 28/10/14 ** removed widget as version used is no longer supported

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to follow the current web page.

Like me

** Update 28/10/14 ** removed widget as version used is no longer supported

The button is powered by javascript and allows web page visitors to like the current web page.

Share me

Share on Yammer

Using a combination of the Yammer bookmarklet and E-MAILiT sharing button
the above url was put together.

About Mark Sivill

Mark Sivill has written 14 blogs on fluxgain.

Looking for interesting projects to undertake within IT. Currently focused around cloud technologies such as salesforce and Heroku.