Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Each social network has its own dynamics when it comes to customizing the social profiles and pages. Different requirements and sizes.

Social Kit is a free Photoshop plugin that focuses on simplifying the design of such pages and profiles.

It currently supports 4 networks: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

The plugin has full-sliced and editable templates where the outputs look just the same as “how they will look when live”.

Polls are the most popular way of asking the opinions of users about a specific subject. And, web is the perfect place to use them.

Lately, social polling is being used widely as they require the user to login with a social account, results + data collected can be filtered and sharing of the poll is encouraged.

Opinion Stage, a professional web-based application (with a functional free plan), simplifies creating such social polls so much.

Opinion Stage - Social Polling and Voting

The application has a very nice interface to create a poll in minutes. It is possible to choose between 2 poll types:

  • multiple choice
  • head-to-head

and use images or videos, customize the look + functionality (like enabling users to filter results, sharing options and more).

Opinion Stage supports all the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) and offers a rich reporting backend that allows administrators to view results by various social, demographic and behavioral filters.

Although it is also possible to create standard polls with the application, social polls increase the engagement so much and provide much more valuable data.

Once a poll is created, it can be embedded to any web page instantly. Here is a real example (and feel free to vote):

The giveaway

3 * -three month- accounts of this social voting app is being given away and you can comment to this post to join.

Winners will be selected randomly with the query below a week later (11 September 2013).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4529 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

Most of the websites include social networking widgets like Facebook “Like” or Twitter’s “tweet” buttons that ease sharing of the content.

The major drawback with the widgets is the performance loss due to the multiple requests made and files loaded.

SocialCount, a jQuery plugin, with only ~3kb in size (minified-gzipped) and provides a much lighter solution for them.

SocialCount jQuery Plugin

It has support for Facebook, Twitter and Google+, doesn’t auto-load the widgets and only loads them when user hovers the related widget which ends up in lots of performance and speed gain.

In total, the plugin makes 1 JS request, 1 CSS request, 1 optional request for icons and 1 optional AJAX request for counts (compared to 25 total requests for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus widgets)

SocialCount works with mouse, touchscreen or keyboard and comes in multiple sizes.

CometChat is a Facebook-like chat application (which was featured before at WRD) with many features.

They are running a huge Black Friday Sale and also giving away 3 Basic licenses to WRD readers.


The application is built with PHP, sits in the footer of the websites and allows users/visitors to interact with each other via text or video chat.

It integrates tightly into many popular applications (WordPress, Joomla, vBulletin, phpFox, SocialEngine, etc.) and can be easily setup to work with custom websites.

Besides chatting with website users, it also supports Facebook + Google Talk and can display friends from them as well.

CometChat New Version

CometChat users can also make file transfers between each other, share each others screens and even play lots of games.

Also, a recently released version adds a mobile interface to all the functionality, moderation support for chatrooms, chat history and 10000+ games.

The Black Friday Sale

They are running an exciting sale until Sunday where Platinum Edition + Desktop Messenger is offered for $449 (one time) rather than $699.

For anyone willing to get CometChat, this may be a good opportunity.

The giveaway

CometChat is giving away 3 Basic licenses to WRD readers. In order join the giveaway:

  • share your thoughts on “which CometChat feature you liked the most” as comments

and the winners will be selected randomly 1 week later (30 November 2012) with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=3358 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • der_robert (comment #863417)
  • Faiban Bitter (comment #864523)
  • Priyank (comment #863678)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway.

In order to simplify sign-in/sign-up processes and reach user data instantly, authenticating + authorizing users through social networks is a highly-used.

Social Auth is an open source and free PHP library that handles this process very easily.

Social Auth

It has support for 3 major networks: Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

The library is not limited to registration + login but can also pull user data where supported.