Sociable WordPress plugin take-over

Several people have noticed, most notably Andy Beard, that the Sociable WordPress plugin is, next to be being a cool plugin, kind of a dead project. I had modified it quite a bit for Mel’s blog, and my own later on, to include Sphinn, Facebook, Mixx, Google Bookmarks, Live and Twitter (the latter inspired by Andy Beard). I’ve emailed the author a few times, and didn’t get any response, and since it’s released under the GPL license, I’ve decided to give it a new version number and do a “take-over”.

I’ve also:

  • Fixed the StumbleUpon issue which multiple people have been dealing with
  • Removed the auto-update stuff because that’s now dealt with by WordPress itself
  • Nofollowed all links
  • Added the plugin to the WordPress plugin repository, find it here.

You can download it here: Sociable – Social Bookmarking for WordPress.

If you have any suggestions, social bookmarking sites I should add or other stuff: drop them in the comments!

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52 Responses

  1. BrewGinBy BrewGin on 31 January, 2008

    Good stuff!

    And welcome back… I’ve missed my regular dose of “Yoast” last week. ;-)

  2. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    Thx :) I’m insanely busy at the moment with, well, making money ;)

  3. Andy BeardBy Andy Beard on 31 January, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    You have made a lot of the changes I was going to do for some kind of official upgrade, I just didn’t have time.

    Did you also change the default options.

    I never made a big thing about it, but some of the default options were paid for by sponsors previously, and the programmer refused to add nofollow to the links by default.

    That effectively made all the links paid links, including to a company where Jason Calacanis sits on the board of directors.

    I would hate to see that remain as a default option

  4. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    Yeah I changed the defaults to: Digg, Sphinn,, Facebook, Mixx and Google. Quite randomly chosen, to be honest.

  5. RicardoBy Ricardo on 31 January, 2008

    Thanks for the update, Joost. Going to replace it with my actual social bookmarking plugin really soon.

  6. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    Good to hear Ricardo :) Please let me know if you encounter any issues!

  7. RicardoBy Ricardo on 31 January, 2008

    I will, I surely will :-)

  8. Kevin GibbonsBy Kevin Gibbons on 31 January, 2008

    I haven’t seen this plugin before but it looks like a much easier way of setting up bookmarking buttons so agree that it should become very popular.

  9. FredBy Fred on 31 January, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Just joined subscribed to your feed 2 weeks ago. Today I read this post and decided to drop the individual technorati and stumble it code for your Sociable plugin at my site on How to Trade Share in Bursa Malaysia
    Will you be able to include “Share It” to the list?

    Fred Chan

  10. FredBy Fred on 31 January, 2008

    Please forgive the typo error in my earlier comment. My English isn’t that bad. I press the submit button too fast.


  11. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    @Ricardo: cool thx
    @Kevin Gibbons: thx for the compliment :)
    @Fred: good to hear you’re already using it! Have a link to “Share it” handy?

  12. FeydakinBy Feydakin on 31 January, 2008

    Thanks Joost!! I added the anti-social patch to my latest blog but now I can take it all down and just push the complete version from you out..


  13. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    After a great comment from Fedaykin through e-mail, I just updated the plugin to 2.5.1 to switch Netscape for Propeller.

  14. KyleBy Kyle on 31 January, 2008

    Thank you! This has been long overdue and all the credit in the world for taking the initiative! Guess this means the “anti-sociable” plugin is outdated too?

    You added all my gripes with the old one which means I can finally drop that share this plugin! :)

  15. JLHBy JLH on 31 January, 2008

    Thanks Joost, installed another one of your fine applications.

  16. FrankBy Frank on 31 January, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Great plugin!!! very nice and will be installed this week. Question, what program did you use to create your avatar (cartoonish like)??? I really like it and it’s one of the more “cleaner” ones I’ve seen.

  17. RicardoBy Ricardo on 31 January, 2008

    Wow, it even has german translations. Respect once again :-)

  18. MikaelBy Mikael on 31 January, 2008

    Absolutely great work. I’m so amazed that you are able to do these kinds of things (as I’m not). I’m installing it on several of my blogs as we speak. Thanks!

  19. Karel GeenenBy Karel Geenen on 31 January, 2008

    Nice one Joost. Just installed it on my (our) new blog, works perfectly!

  20. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 January, 2008

    @Kyle, JLH, Ricardo, Mikael & Karel: thanks for your kind words :)

    @Frank: a friend of mine, SEOIdiot, made it.

  21. MikeBy Mike on 31 January, 2008

    I will downloading and installing this WordPress plugin now to see how it works. Thanks for all the great work you do.

  22. CharlesBy Charles on 31 January, 2008

    Hey Joost – the plugin looks awesome, much better than what I was using before.

    Quick question: The style of the images is different on my Front Page and my Single Page. On the Single page the images are spaced out really well and have a border around the image, on the Front page there is no border and the spacing is a little off. Could this be my theme or different CSS for Front and Single page within the plugin?

  23. Stephen FoskettBy Stephen Foskett on 31 January, 2008

    Thanks for taking this up, Joost! I actually just started doing the exact same thing since Sociable was so out of data, but never finished my work. You saved me some effort!

  24. BenBy Ben on 1 February, 2008

    Great updates. I have installed it and works great. Good job.

  25. Allan StewartBy Allan Stewart on 1 February, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Good news, I have tried this plugin but I actually uninstalled it, either because the HTML didn’t validate or it was two resource hungry / bloated. It would be nice to have a pluging that gives you all the bookmarks, all the agregators and full API integration with digg and sphinn, possibly also technorati all rolled into one and with options admin to select move them around. Do you know when your first release will be? I would like to install and write a review on it for you.

  26. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 1 February, 2008

    @Mike, Charles Stephen and Ben: thx for the kind words guys :)

    @Allan: well if this version isn’t giving you validating HTML, let me know where it breaks, I’ve fixed some ampersands already, but perhaps there’s some other stuff too? Regarding the API integration: that’s a LOT harder to do, and I’d advise installing separate plugins for the sites you’re likely to reach. Remember that huge plugins can slow your WordPress down :)

  27. INDERTBy INDERT on 2 February, 2008

    Thanks for the update. I will use it on my new blog which I am optimizing at the moment.

  28. Erno HanninkBy Erno Hannink on 3 February, 2008

    Thank you Joost. I am using it again including the latest additions (main Dutch social sites).

  29. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 3 February, 2008

    @Erno & Indert: glad you like it! Let me know if there’s any other features you’d want!

  30. Mc-SBy Mc-S on 3 February, 2008

    Great Plugin!
    Maybe you can add Webnews and Yigg?

  31. gadgetBy gadget on 4 February, 2008

    Joost – u da man! Thx for doing this, much needed.

  32. JeremyBy Jeremy on 6 February, 2008

    I’m so glad to find this plugin, I’m just starting, well actually switching from Blogger to WordPress, so this will be helpful to start with.

  33. Scott at RealepicureanBy Scott at Realepicurean on 7 February, 2008

    This plugin doesn’t validate to XHTML1.0 Strict…But that’s easy to fix. I’m not sure if I can post code here (so won’t try) but basically there’s one too many PHP linefeeds on one line (87, if I remember correctly) of the plugin – removing it fixes the validation issue and doesn’t seem to affect the display in either IE or Firefox…

  34. Chris GarrettBy Chris Garrett on 21 February, 2008

    Is the download link broken? Currently getting a 404 for

  35. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 21 February, 2008

    Fixed that Chris, thx for noticing… The guys at WordPress broke the download link without the version number in it…

  36. Benjamin McCannBy Benjamin McCann on 3 March, 2008

    Hi Joost,
    Thanks for the excellent plugin.
    My one request would be to make the CSS validate. For an example of what I’m talking about, visit one of my posts and click on the link that says CSS in the page footer. It will take you to w3c’s validation service and fail.


  37. IsraelBy Israel on 7 March, 2008

    Can you add

  38. FlorinBy Florin on 14 March, 2008

    When i was using the old version i could use the AJAX interface in the admin area and move icons around, selecting whichever order i wanted, but with this new version i cant drag and drop the icons any more, you think you could fix this ?
    ps: i switched to the new version after the old one was causing a validation problem with XHTML,

  39. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 15 March, 2008

    @florin: you should still have the AJAX functionality…

  40. FlorinBy Florin on 15 March, 2008

    oh.. i have tried on 3 separate blogs, i have lost the AJAX functionality on all of them, the good thing is that the plugin kept the previous order

  41. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 15 March, 2008

    @Florin well I’m afraid you’re doing something wrong, or my plugin is colliding with another plugin, since it should really be there.

  42. BMBBy BMB on 19 October, 2008

    Besides the fact that most of your plugins are far superior and probably run faster (or smaller scripts) than most parallel projects, what advantages does ‘sociable’ have over ‘share this’?

    You can omit the email part of share this because I don’t think most people have the attention span to use ‘share this’ email option….maybe a small percentage.

    Thanks! (for all the plugins you have created I am already using at my new site)

  43. SaxamoBy Saxamo on 10 August, 2009

    I waited for awhile on this, but it has not changed.. EXCELLENT PLUGIN! However, it does not validate and it used too.;accept=text%2Fhtml%2Capplication%2Fxhtml%2Bxml%2Capplication%2Fxml%3Bq%3D0.9%2C*%2F*%3Bq%3D0.8;accept-language=en-us%2Cen%3Bq%3D0.5;accept-charset=ISO-8859-1%2Cutf-8%3Bq%3D0.7%2C*%3Bq%3D0.7

    Hope you have the time to fix this in a future update.. I really love this plugin a lot. Thanks for taking the time to take it over and get it out.

    Kind regards,


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