30 September 2008

Social Bookmarking Howto for Blogger

Attentive readers will have noticed the shiny new social bookmarking icon links around the bottom of my entries. I'm catching up with 2005 here. Last month I caught up with 2004 by including ads. You can't imagine how rich I'm feeling. Actually, you can ... but anyway. In 5 years, I'll add a flickr widget and be fully up to date with 2006. For that, I'll need something called a "photostream".

... You know, it's horrible when everyone thinks you're a geek but in fact you haven't a clue what's going on on the internet?

Anyway, I followed Enrico Suarvé's howto for adding these icons to a Blogger template. For someone who claims to be a hopeless blogger, he does an excellent job. Read his howto because I'm not going to repeat it here.

I was able to make only one little improvement: instead of making my own "submitbuttons" CSS class as he recommends, I used Blogger's "item-action" and "icon-action" classes. So I have a little less work to do, and my Blogger template code looks like this:

<span class='item-action'>
  <a Title='digg it' expr:href='"http://digg.com/submit?phase=3&url=" + data:post.url + "&title=" + data:post.title'>
    <img alt=' Digg ' border='0' class='icon-action' src='path/to/digg.png'/>
  <a Title='delicious' expr:href='"http://del.icio.us/post?url=" + data:post.url + "&title=" + data:post.title'>
    <img alt='Delicious' border='0' class='icon-action' src='http://path/to/delicious.png'/>
  <a Title='reddit' expr:href='"http://reddit.com/submit?url=" + data:post.url'>
    <img alt='Reddit' border='0' class='icon-action' src='http://path/to/reddit.png'/>
  <a Title='SlashDot' expr:href='"http://slashdot.org/bookmark.pl?url=" + data:post.url + "&title=" + data:post.title'>
    <img alt='SlashDot' border='0' class='icon-action' src='http://path/to/slashdot.png'/>

Paste this into your Blogger html template somewhere sensible. Tweak it until you like it. And upload the relevant icons somewhere so you can link to them.

At first I thought I should include furl and fark and magnolia and a zillion other SB sites I'd never even heard of, but in the end I figured that was kind of immodest (and you should know that I'm the modestest person you're ever likely to meet), so I retained only sites that I use: reddit and delicious, and occasionally: digg, and slashdot. (Hey, I even have an account on reddit and delicious, now that's so 2007! I'm getting there!)

Damn. I've just broken my resolution to not blog about blogging. Again!

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