21 Sep 2009

New Plugins: AddThis and Facebook Share Buttons

We’re excited to introduce two new IntenseDebate Plugins: AddThis and Facebook Share buttons for your posts!

FB Share ButtonFacebook Share Button
The Facebook Share button provides your readers with an easy way to share your blog post with all of their Facebook friends. Now you can install the Facebook Share Button with one click through your IntenseDebate Plugins page. Hats off to Dog Lover for developing this plugin! Make sure you check out Dog Lover’s other plugin, TweetMeme Retweet Button.

AddThis Share Button
AddThis is a bookmarking and sharing service. Enabling the AddThis button gives your readers the ability to share your blog post with their friends through a variety of online services (in addition to Facebook). Many thanks to tylerabell for his contribution!

We love offering new ways to enrich your blog and comment section with additional third party services with just a simple mouse click. Just like our other IntenseDebate Plugins, like PollDaddy Polls, Seesmic Video comments, Smiley, and YouTube (among others), there’s no need to mess around with any code in your template. We do it for you. All you have to do is activate it!

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Posted by Michael Koenig in features

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  1. Great to see more plugins starting to emerge, the plugin system really is ID's silver bullet.

    Would be great to see some sort of rating and review plugin, similar to the excellent GD Star Rating WordPress plugin, that would add a whole new purpose to comments and being part of the ID universe would make people much more likely to share their reviews and consumer experiences.

    Comment by donnacha | WordSkill — September 22, 2009 @ 3:51 am
  2. It's definitely exciting. We've been chatting with Andy Bailey (of CommentLuv) about a plugin as well. It's still super-early stage, but it's been a widely requested integration.

    GD Star Rating would be pretty cool. Have you checked out PollDaddy's Rating widget?

    Comment by Michael Koenig — September 23, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
  3. That's interesting, CommentLuv is very popular and has, I think, won a few awards.

    As far as I can tell, PollDaddy's Rating widget is for posts rather than comments. The potential that I am interested in is where, like Amazon or TripAdvisor, you allow users to simultaneously comment and vote, tied to their ID identities, which both encourages participation and makes the overall score (for whatever product or service everyone is rating) harder to manipulate.

    The arguments against giving each commenter the opportunity to submit star-ratings – possibly even several different start ratings, one for each aspect of the service or product they are reviewing – is that it would be quite resource-intensive, pretty hard on the database to have to repeatedly pull all those scores for display every time the page was rendered.

    The argument for it is that users like rating things, it can be used to entice them into participation, readers like to scan through star-rated reviews i.e. quickly checking all the one-star reviews in case there are validate arguments against the service/product and, most importantly, harnessing all those users' opinions and distilling them down to simple overall star-ratings is a very valuable and highly condensed / highly consumable piece of user-generated content.

    I have no doubt that one of the three main distributed commenting systems will introduce star-ratings as an option in the future, but CPU costs might need to come down quite a bit first for it to be feasible, or perhaps someone will work out a way to let the commenting system receive and display ratings appear within each ID comment but actually be stored on and pulled from the site owner's own server / hosting account.

    Comment by donnacha | WordSkill — September 23, 2009 @ 5:05 pm
  4. This is an excellent assessment, thanks for your feedback. Ratings boost user engagement and are a natural compliment to comments, which is why we offer comment voting. There have been several conversations about how to improve our ratings/reputation systems (db0 has offered some thoughts for a reputation redesign). This is on our roadmap, although admittedly our dev focus has been on perfecting the comment system, so a ratings and reputation redesign is a longer-term projects. Getting other 3rd party services that specialize in rating widgets involved through our Plugins API is ideal and would be a win for everyone (publishers, commenters, ratings services, and IntenseDebate).

    PollDaddy's Ratings widget can be used for posts, pages, and comments and is currently built into WordPress.com. There's a great video by Michael Pick at WordPress.TV http://wp.me/pllYY-ym .

    Comment by Michael Koenig — September 24, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
  5. Just launched ID CommentLuv plugin.
    My recent post Give a little luv to your comments with the IntenseDebate CommentLuv Plugin

    Comment by Michael Koenig — November 12, 2009 @ 9:52 pm
  6. Another super useful plugin or even standard feature for ID would be one based upon Automattic's latest acquisition, After the Deadline, the contextual spelling and grammar checker.

    I've been banging on about this elsewhere, but I believe that their current focus on correcting posts is actually less useful than correcting comments, which tend to be written more quickly and, therefore, contain more mistakes.

    Better comments would make comments more enjoyable to read, increasing the number of people who bother to read them, increasing the average amount of time spent on ID-based sites and encouraging more people to become commenters themselves.

    Comment by donnacha | WordSkill — September 23, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
  7. Agreed, I love AtD. I know that Raphael is currently working on some incredible enhancements but a future plugin would be super-cool. B)

    Comment by Michael Koenig — September 24, 2009 @ 6:51 pm
  8. Just launched After the Deadline IntenseDebate Plugin http://wp.me/plsX6-tz 🙂

    Comment by Michael Koenig — October 8, 2009 @ 7:43 pm
  9. Thanks for the feedback. We listen. 🙂

    Comment by rsmudge — October 8, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
  10. Yeah, you really do!

    I've left a comment on the blog post announcing the AtD ID plugin, thank you and congratulations.

    Comment by donnacha | WordSkill — October 8, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
  11. Thank your for the feature and for aspecting my contribution, you can make it where the addthis button opens up a menu within your website, rather a link but both work.

    Tyler Abell

    Comment by tylerabell — September 24, 2009 @ 5:52 am
  12. Thanks for letting us know Tyler, very cool. Thanks again!

    Comment by Michael Koenig — September 24, 2009 @ 6:59 pm
  13. <script>var PollInformations ={embedPollType:"large",pollId:4,height:"350px",width:"520px" }</script><div id="EmbeddedPollDivId"><script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src=""></script></div&gt;

    Comment by Barni — October 6, 2009 @ 7:05 am
  14. Comment by Barni — October 6, 2009 @ 7:06 am
  15. That's cool, I just hope nobody over uses them!

    Comment by Tanner — October 17, 2009 @ 7:54 pm
  16. definitely going to install it

    Comment by Arthur Yidi — November 29, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
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