Sociable 3.0

July 28th, 2008 – 22 Comments

While previous updates to Sociable have contained some pretty big changes, (thanks to Martin Joosse we got rid of a private JS library and now use jQuery instead, for instance), most .something updates have contained additions of sites.

This update is going to be different, next to fixing the IE7 issues that snuck in when we switched to jQuery, this version will now allow you to disable sociable on specific posts and pages, giving you way more granular control over where these buttons appear, making Sociable all the more usable.

I’ve also added some more sites to the mix, in this case Leonaut and MySpace. This makes the current grand total of social sites listed in Sociable go up to 99, which is a nice number but shows another problem: the plugin needs a better way of “grouping” sites together, and the option to quickly enable or disable certain groups of sites, for instance those grouped by country.

This is where I ask you, my dear reader, for input. In order for Sociable to really reach the 3.0 version and be future proof, I need a simple interface that fixes that problem, and I haven’t been able to come up with the solution yet. Let me know in the comments how you think we should take care of this issue!

22 Responses to Sociable 3.0

  1. archshrk
    By archshrk on 28 July, 2008

    I have a question, with so many bookmarking sites to choose from, is there a summary page that explains the difference between them all? I personally don’t use any of them but my readers might and I would like to know which ones are most likely to apply to my site and my readers.

  2. martijn
    By martijn on 28 July, 2008

    I would definitely advice to use facets. Ship sociable with some presets, like country like you said, but let the user create new facets, drag and dropping the items from the list into one facet, or even multiple facets into one.
    you can even attach facets to tags or categories, so when writing about ‘bla’ the corresponding bookmark buttons will appear.

    I think the closest interface to this now available in the wp-admin section is the widget drag n drop. Probably it’s one hell of a challenge ;-)

  3. Mikael Rieck
    By Mikael Rieck on 29 July, 2008

    Hi Joost, I just wanted to make sure that you got my email about adding the Danish bookmarking site “ANyhed”? I sent both the required code and a link to the icon image.

    Thanks for constantly making this plugin better.


  4. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 29 July, 2008

    @Mikael yup, got it, will add it.

  5. Mikael Rieck
    By Mikael Rieck on 29 July, 2008

    Thanks a million!

  6. Philippe Schaillee
    By Philippe Schaillee on 29 July, 2008

    Hi Joost,
    I have been using Sociable for a few months and I think it’s already great.
    There’s only one option I would appreciate and that’s the possibilty to add your own favorite social media sites.

    Keep up the great work ;-)


  7. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 29 July, 2008

    @Philippe: not good enoughfor you? :)

  8. Markus Walter
    By Markus Walter on 29 July, 2008

    Hi, perhaps you can create some groups (countries?), and the user also can add groups? This would be a nice feature…

  9. Alex
    By Alex on 30 July, 2008

    This plugins great, I find myself clicking the social links while im reading other blogs if I feel they deserve it. Definitely going to try it on my new blog and see how it works. Thanks Joost!

  10. Wilhelmien
    By Wilhelmien on 30 July, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Thank you for this plugin. I do need some help please. Though the default icons appear on my site, in the options tab, I do not have the table to select the bookmarks I want.


  11. Israel
    By Israel on 31 July, 2008

    Add an option to PDF a post. Not sure how hard or easy that is.

    Maybe grouping the sites by industry/niche?

  12. Marcel (seotaal)
    By Marcel (seotaal) on 2 August, 2008

    Maybe you can make a drag and drop interface containing to lists.

    On the left a vertical list with the currently active sites (the checked sites in te current version)
    On the right a list with the other sites including a search option. This search option can be simple (search on name), but also be a little bit more advanced (niche/country).

    The left list wont be enormous, so it would be easy to oversee. The right list has a search option, so you also can find where you are looking for. Looks a good solution to me :).

  13. Derek Neuland
    By Derek Neuland on 9 August, 2008

    First off i’d like to say this plug in is great, thank you so much for your work on it! I can’t wait for the release of 3.0.

    That being said, i’m having a small problem with it currently. The only placement i have checked off in the settings is on individual blog posts, but for some reason the bar of icons is shown once on the front page, but twice when an individual post is viewed. ex:

    Any ideas what is causing this?

  14. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 9 August, 2008

    @Derek my guess is you’ve used the sociable_html thing in your template? that ignores settings in the backend…

  15. Derek Neuland
    By Derek Neuland on 9 August, 2008

    @Joost Thank you! I found the line and removed it. Now everything is working perfectly.

  16. J
    By J on 22 August, 2008

    Hey joost!
    Great plugin! Maybe an add-on will be the new yahoo buzz! I guess there may be a SOCIABLE 3.01 very soon! Yahoo Buzz is having a great response from the people!

  17. Kristi
    By Kristi on 27 August, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    I have installed this plugin on both my blogs and it works beautifully! Thanks! I’ve included it in my recent post about Favourite WordPress plugins


  18. Adieska
    By Adieska on 30 August, 2008

    I like much this plugin. Many social bookmarks website options that we can choose. Thanks bro…

  19. Jennie
    By Jennie on 14 September, 2008

    Does anyone know why drag & drop won’t work? I’ve tried Firefox, IE and Google Chrome.

  20. Victor Lnu
    By Victor Lnu on 24 October, 2008

    I only get the default selections and my changes do not save. Clicking “save changes” sends me back to the “WP General Settings” page, and pfft, there I am. I have scoured the Internet looking for solutions and write this out of desperation. I like the plug in, please help me get it working if you can.

    ((WP 2.6.2 / IIS7 / MySQL5.0.22-community-max-nt / Php 5 / ))

    Best kind regards

  21. Matthew Snider
    By Matthew Snider on 29 October, 2008

    Okay so I am trying hard to follow your addition to Sociable by adding a buzz icon etc. It is working fine as far as I can tell but I am seeing two images. One where I placed it and then another at the end of of the line of other icons.

    You can see this at my site which is part of the comment.


  22. ptvGuy
    By ptvGuy on 13 November, 2008

    Thanks for the great plugin, but version 2.9.5 adds a “sociableoff” variable (value “false” unless set to “true”) to the custom fields every single time a post is edited. It doesn’t test to see if the value is already set, it adds it again on every save. If you’re doing minor tweaks on a published page and save it over and over again with each change, you can quickly collect 20 or more instances of of this custom field variable. Please see WordPress support comment as well:

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