February 28, 2008
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© 2008, John T Unger
I'm currently working on a stealth project… a new eCommerce blog where social media is a big part of the plan… and I had this crazy idea that actually works. It started when I wanted to customize the images for smartlinks from AdaptiveBlue and the AddThis button. (NB: I've been meaning to write posts about both these great services, which I pretty much use on every blog I build now. But I've been having a hard time fitting posts into the schedule lately. So just go try them both out. They rock. And I will at some point do detailed posts about why they rock). Although they have similarities, they both have strong points so I tend to use them both.
So anyway, what AdaptiveBlue does is create a variety of great widgets that automatically index and display related content for the things on a page… people, blogs, books, wine, etc. AddThis supplies a single button that allows people to submit a page to most social bookmarking sites with just a click (they also have a nice subscribe button with multiple RSS options).
What they don't do (either of them) is submit pages to social shopping sites like ThisNext or StyleHive. I'd love to see someone create a button that works like AddThis but submits products to social shopping networks. Which brings us to the cool new hack… a roll your own solution for making it easy for readers to recommend your stuff to social shopping networks.
I'm kind surprised I never thought of this before, but I guess it's because these code snips are always presented with the instruction to use them to extend the browser rather than the web page. Funny really.
So here's the syntax:
<a href="insert code snip here"><img src="http://imageURL.jpg" border="0"></a>
Pretty simple way to add new functions to your blog, eh?